Sophia Meyer – Given recent reporting by corporate media and the terrified sob-stories rampant across social media, one could believe Muslims, Latinos, gays, blacks, Jews, and liberals in America are suddenly being assaulted on a regular basis by crazed, white, Klan-supporting Trump voters.
In the week since Donald Trump won the presidential election, the mainstream media have been having a heyday reporting “over 400” hate crimes and a “surge” of anti-Muslim crimes committed as a result of Trump’s victory.
The implication is that white, heterosexual, Christian, Republican Americans, filled with latent hatred for anyone perceived as “other,” have had their underlying violent tendencies loosed by Trump’s election rhetoric and are now acting on that hatred by committing crimes against anyone who might be anti-Trump.
At least, that’s what the Southern Policy Law Center (SPLC) and Anti-Defamation League (ADL) would like you to believe. The amount of free promotion the SPLC is receiving is surely a dream come true for its development and PR teams.
The SPLC reported, just three days after the election returns were in, “More than 300 incidents of harassment or intimidation have been reported following Donald Trump’s election Tuesday night,” mostly among K-12 students and universities. The “incidents” included in their tally were gathered from social media, news reports and submissions to their website.
CNN, leading the frenzy, reports that Trump’s rhetoric has unleashed these “ugly episodes of racist or anti-Semitic pro-Trump graffiti along with threats or attacks against Muslims.” Graffiti, including “Heil Trump” in one instance and a swastika next to Trump’s name in another, are being displayed as examples.
The possibility is not considered that these were instead created by people who oppose Trump and bought into the “new Hitler” moniker applied by his detractors during the campaign, as an expression of their fear.
CNN in particular has been incessantly railing about this alleged Trump-inspired hate-crime wave, parroting SPLC announcements in most of their articles as the go-to “experts” tracking hate crimes with a few alarming statements from the ADL thrown in for good measure, but other media outlets are joining in.
USA Today quotes SPLC president Richard Cohen as saying, “The white supremacists out there are celebrating [Trump’s] victory and many are feeling their oats.”
Adding fuel to the media-fire, on Nov. 14 the FBI released its annual “Hate Crimes Statistics,” which revealed the number of “bias-motivated incidents” reported to law enforcement officials in 2015 rose 6%. “[T]he vast majority . . . were targeted because of their race or ethnicity,” reports the FBI. Because white Christians are not yet a minority in America, “bias-motivated” crimes against them are not included in the reporting. Yet even in its coverage of the report authored by the FBI, CNN turned again to the SPLC for analysis.
On the other hand, the media mentions only in passing, if at all, recent “hate crimes” attacks on Trump supporters. “Daily Caller” writes, “Several liberal media outlets have ignored well-documented cases of violence toward Trump supporters and instead have been focusing on unconfirmed reports of Trump supporters attacking minorities.”…