Donald Trump Has Already Caused Increased Hostile Acts Against Minorities In CampusesBy Emily Marks, UniversityHerald Reporter
President-elect Donald Trump has already caused an increase in hostile acts against minorities in campuses. This comes after he has been vocal about his plans on immigration and the like.
The New York Times reported that fliers depicting men in camouflage with guns and an American flag were posted in men's restrooms inside the campus of Texas State University. "Now that our man Trump is elected," the poster read. "Time to organize tar and feather vigilante squads and go arrest and torture those deviant university leaders spouting off that diversity garbage."
The fliers were part of several instances this week that suggest how Donald Trump's victory at the U.S. 2016 election has sparked backlash among the minority groups on campuses. Universities have been trying to pacify fears about the nation's future by organizing meetings and counseling sessions.
"A lot of Muslim students are scared," Abdalla Husain, 21, a linguistics major at the University of Tennessee, said. "They're scared that Trump has empowered people who have hate and would be hostile to them."
A Muslim woman at San Jose State University in California reported to the police that she was grabbed by her hijab and choked. Investigations are being made on the accusations.
At Hillary Clinton's alma mater, Wellesley College in Massachusetts, two male students from Babson College drove through campus with a large Trump flag. They then parked outside a meeting house for black students and spat at a black female.
They were ejected by campus police. However, they even bragged about their endeavor on social media.
According to Quartz, the Southern Poverty Law Center has released survey data from the "Teaching Tolerance" project which showed details about the toxic effects that Donald Trump's campaign has had on teachers and students. Immigrant students, especially Muslims and Latinos, are growing more and more concerned about what might happen to them or to their families after the election.
A majority of respondents reported an increase in "uncivil political discourse or anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant attitudes." Teachers have also reported reluctance in having a discussion about the election in their classrooms for fear of the issue's escalation.