A new study claims that Trump has made white people less racist, despite countless other studies saying the opposite. We are calling BS.
According to The Washington Post, a study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania claims “racial prejudice has not increased among white Americans since the explosive 2016 election.” Political scientist Daniel J. Hopkins says, “It’s quite conceivable that Trump has simultaneously galvanized a small number of highly prejudiced white Americans while also pushing millions more to affirm that they are not as prejudice.” He believes Trump’s hate has made white people denounce hate.
The study is still under review but every other study proves this is wrong. Back in 2017, it was reported ate crimes in nine U.S. metropolitan areas rose more than 20 percent in 2016—reversing a downward trend in the last few years—fueled in part due to the presidential campaign of Donald Trump.
Prominent California researcher Brian Levin said that bias crimes appeared to increase in some cities following the Nov. 8 election of President Donald Trump, including bomb threats to mosques and desecration of Jewish cemeteries.
Reuters reports that Levin is director of the nonpartisan Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino. He collected the data from police departments, and also notes that there is more willingness for victims to come forward.
New York reported the greatest number of hate crimes at 380, while Washington, D.C., had the largest percentage rise at 62 percent to 107 incidents.
Overall, there were 1,037 incidents, a 23.3 percent increase from the previous year in the nine areas researched: New York; Washington; Chicago; Philadelphia; Montgomery County, Maryland; Columbus, Ohio; Seattle; Long Beach, California; and Cincinnati.
Bias crimes against Muslims and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people accounted for much of the growth in hate crimes that were reported.
Levin believes that Trump’s campaign, which highlighted issues such as race, religion and national origin, could have influenced both the number of incidents and frequency of reporting them to police, though he notes that increased reporting is not the whole story, and Donald Trump’s rhetoric may be. “I don’t think we can just explain away the increase with increased reporting,” he said at the time.
In addition, back in August it was reported that African-Americans remain the number one target of hate crimes. The Texas Tribune stated, “But just 100 hate crimes — including 10 in Texas — have been pursued by federal prosecutors between January 2010 and July 2018, according to a News21 analysis of court documents. Half of those cases across the country — and half of those in Texas — involved racially motivated violence against Black Americans, more than any other group.”
Also, “Since 1995, Black Americans have been the victims of 66 percent of all racially motivated hate crimes, according to FBI data collected from local law enforcement agencies.”
Make America great again.