Make America Great: End the Hate
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Dear President-elect Trump-
We are a diverse group of Americans united by our concern over the recent increase in racist, anti-Semitic, and Islamaphobic incidents that have occurred. This concern transcends politics, as we are Republicans, Independents, and Democrats, and represent a variety of different ethnicities and religions. Since the election alone, over 200 such incidents have been reported, including:
· Black students at the University of Pennsylvania were added to a racist GroupMe message on Friday that included violent threats toward them. The messages were sent by someone using the name “Daddy Trump.” Screenshots of the account shared on social media showed messages with racial slurs, a calendar invite for a “daily lynching” and old images of African-American lynchings.
· A man threatened a Muslim student at the University of Michigan on Friday, demanding that she remove her hijab or be set on fire with a lighter, the Detroit Free Press reported.
· A Maryland church with a sign advertising Spanish services was ripped and vandalized with the words, “TRUMP NATION WHITES ONLY.
· Anti-Semitic graffiti—including a swastika and the words “Heil Trump”—appeared at a bus stop at the University of California at San Diego on Thursday.
Clearly these perpetrators are invoking your name to intimidate millions of Americans and further divide our nation. In your victory speech, you stated “Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division; we have to get together. To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people. It’s time. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans, and this is so important to me.” We applaud you for this statement, as well as for your comments on “60 Minutes” telling such perpetrators to “stop it.”
As the President-elect for all Americans, we urge you to forcefully condemn such hate crimes through as many mediums as possible and to sternly warn perpetrators that as President you will direct the Justice Department and FBI to aggressively investigate and prosecute hate crimes to the full extent of the law. We would also urge that you not allow anyone to serve in your administration that has an established history of making or promoting racist, sexist, Islamaphobic, or anti-Semitic comments, including Steve Bannon. Finally, to send a clear message to your cabinet, your administration should set a goal to reduce hate crimes from their 2015 level of 5,818.
You are about to become the most powerful person in the world, and we hope that you will use your position of authority to provide much-needed comfort and safety to the millions of Americans who are at risk of being targeted by hate crimes. Such action would be a major step towards unifying the country. We thank you for your consideration of this matter.
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