Schools across the country are experiencing an exceptional amount of harassment, fear, and anxiety due to Trump-related rhetoric.
According to a survey from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the increase in harassment began days following the election. The survey shows that ninety percent of participants have seen a “negative impact” on students’ mood and behavior since election day. 80 percent of survey takers reported a spike in anxiety among minorities.
Aside from the survey, SPLC also reported incidents of harassment in the form of white supremacy. These include a range of incidents such as vandalism of racial slurs and swastikas.
“The p-word has been used very casually, citing Trump as the excuse,” a high school teacher from Michigan reported. Another from Tennessee wrote, “‘Kill the n*****s’ etched in school bathroom. Paper with n-word left in my classroom. Neither incident was investigated.”
Following Donald Trump’s victory, there has evidently been an increase in fears of heightened bigotry, hate crimes, and violence. While some Americans are blind to this reality, others are victims.