Monday, June 12, 2017

A Target On Our Backs

With the climate of hate that Trump is stirring up is spreading out on to the streets and the bullies have been giving the green light.
Group Attacks Transgender Women, Tells Them to 'Get off Their Block': Cops
NBC News
June 11, 2017

Two transgender women were attacked by a group of people screaming insults in Brooklyn on Saturday, police say.

Around 1 a.m., London Jade and another transgender woman left the Happyfun Hidaway bar in Bushwick and attempted to buy alcohol at a liquor store nearby, police said.

Once they left the store, a group of three men and one woman approached the women and harassed them, screaming slurs and telling them to get off their block, police said.
The number of attacks on us is increasing. The Southern Poverty Law Center writes about the interview on NPR’s All Things Considered,
BEIRICH [Southern Poverty Law Center Intelligence Project Director Heidi Beirich]: Well, we have seen since the latter parts of the Obama administration an incredible rise in the frequency of attacks like this, hate crime attacks and domestic terrorism attacks. And the targets of those hate crimes have tended to be those populations demonized by the Trump campaign and now Trump administration.

And, you know, we tracked almost 900 hate and bias incidents between the election and 10 days later. Those are numbers that are quite extraordinary for such a short period of time.
The latest data is from 2015 but Raw Story reports,
Although the FBI have no data post 2015, many local governments and police departments are better equipped. "We’ve had an uptick in hate crimes—actually a little bit more than an uptick," said New York City police commissioner James O’Neil in a radio interview. "We’re up 31% from last year. We had at this time last year 250; this year we have 328. Specifically against the Muslim population in New York City, we went up from 12 to 25. And anti-Semitic is up, too, by 9% from 102 to 111."

"I have no scientific evidence as to why," O’Neill explained. "But you’ve been paying attention to what’s been going on in the country over the last year or so and the rhetoric has increased, and I think that might have something to do with it."
The haters are crawling out of the wood work, be careful out there, beware of your surroundings.

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