Hate crimes on rise, says Southern Poverty Law Center

Published: Nov. 15, 2016 at 9:03 PM CST
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It's been one week since election day 2016, and in that time, reports of hate crimes have streamed in from across the country.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, more than 400 cases of harassment or intimidation have been reported in the last seven days.

Hateful words and symbols have been spray-painted on churches, schools, and in one school, some students stood up at lunch and chanted "build that wall!."

There have also been reports of violence against Trump supporters. One man says he was attacked in Chicago after a car accident, accused of voting for the Republican nominee.

David Wilcox said "I heard a lady yell, 'that guy's one of those Trump supporters' and I turned and I said to her 'that has nothing to do with this'"

And this isn't just a recent phenomenon. The increase in hate crimes traces back to before the election.

According to a report the FBI released Monday, hate crimes in the U.S. rose 6.8 percent from 2014 to 2015. Attacks against Muslims rose 67 percent compared to the year before -- 257 attacks in 2015. That's the highest number of attacks on Muslims since 2001, following the al Qaeda attacks on 9/11, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

While President-elect Trump addressed the issue and implored people to stop the violence during an interview on '60 minutes,' outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid thinks Trump needs to do much more.

"Stop hiding behind your Twitter account. And show America that racism, bullying and bigotry have no place in the White House or in America," Reid said.