Racist, pro-Trump graffiti painted inside a high school in Minnesota. A hijab-wearing college student robbed by men talking about Trump and Muslims in California. Messages about lynchings popping up on freshmen’s phones in Pennsylvania.
While Trump has been accused of fostering xenophobia and Islamophobia, some people have used his words as justification to carry out hateful acts. In fact, the Southern Poverty Law Center has counted hundreds of instances of “hateful intimidation and harassment” following the presidential election.
Muslim student threatened with lighter
Ann Arbor police were investigating reports a man approached a Muslim student and threatened to set her on fire with a lighter unless she removed her hijab.
Police told CNN on Saturday they were “actively investigating and soliciting leads from witnesses” to the reported incident.
The suspect is described as 20 to 30 years old, unkempt and intoxicated, according to the University of Michigan.
Advocacy organization CAIR-MI said the alleged attack was just the latest anti-Muslim incident reported since Trump won the election.
“Our nation’s leaders, and particularly President-elect Donald Trump, need to speak out forcefully against the wave of anti-Muslim incidents sweeping the country after Tuesday’s election,” Executive Director Dawud Walid said.
Racist messages target black students
Black freshmen at the University of Pennsylvania found “violent, racist and thoroughly disgusting” messages on their phones Friday after they were added to a racist GroupMe account, the university said.
The account on the group messaging service appears to be based in Oklahoma, officials said, and investigators are trying to track down who’s responsible.
According to The Daily Pennsylvanian, the messages included racial slurs and images of lynchings.
“This is absolutely vile material and completely offensive to everyone on our campus. We are both angry and saddened that it was directed to our students or to anyone. The people responsible for this are reprehensible,” university officials said. “We have increased campus safety and are reaching out to support the affected students in every way we can, and want them to know that the entire Penn community stands with them.”
‘Trump!’ written on Muslim prayer room door in NYC
At the New York University Tandon School of Engineering, students discovered the name of the President-elect written on the door to a prayer room for Muslims on Wednesday, school officials said.
“Our campus is not immune to the bigotry that grips America,” the NYU Muslim Students Association said in a Facebook posting.
School spokesman Kathleen Hamilton said the school has a lot of immigrant students, with about 20% from abroad.
“It’s a real melting pot here,” she said. “We all believe this very much, that the university is a place of free expression. It has to be safe to be so.”
The NYPD is investigating. There were no cameras, and the school isn’t sure whether a student is responsible, Hamilton said. She noted that all NYU buildings require a badge for access.
Graffiti in high school: ‘Trump,’ ‘Whites only,’ ‘White America’
Student Moses Karngbaye said he was terrified to see racist graffiti sprawled inside a bathroom in his Minnesota high school.
“#Go back to Africa” and “Make America great again,” someone wrote on a toilet paper dispenser at Maple Grove Senior High School.
“That’s the first time I honestly felt like crying at school,” Karngbaye told CNN affiliate WCCO.
The bathroom door was also covered with graffiti, including “Whites only,” “White America” and “Trump.”
Karngbaye sent photos of the graffiti to his mother, who recalled another message: “Now the white people are going to take over.”
Denise Karngbaye told WCCO she takes the attack personally.
“I train my kids to respect everybody, regardless of their race, their ethnicity, their background,” she said.
San Diego State University president calls incident ‘hate crime’
A San Diego State University student walking to her car was confronted by two men who made comments about Trump and Muslims, SDSU police said.