Teachers have reported nearly 2,500 “negative incidents” of bigotry and harassment at U.S. schools in the first 10 days since Donald Trump’s election as president.
More than 10,000 teachers and other educators responded to an online survey administered by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project, and 90 percent of respondents said the election had negatively impacted students’ behavior and mood.
Eight in 10 respondents said they were anxious and concerned for their students, especially black, Muslim and LGBT children and teens, and they were worried how Trump’s election would affect themselves and their families.
The teachers reported a noticeable increase in verbal harassment, the use of slurs and other derogatory language, and incidents involving swastikas, Nazi salutes and Confederate imagery.
Many of the incidents involved students taunting classmates with variations on Trump’s campaign rhetoric, such as threats to build a wall around or deport Latino students.
Even the minority of teachers who hadn’t noticed any change in student relationships since the election admitted they worked in schools with few minority students or immigrants.
“The takeaway message is first of all that school administrators and school board members and anyone who has to do with education has a crisis on their hands,” said Maureen Costello, director of Teaching Tolerance.
“If you’re talking about at least a quarter of students — and it’s estimated that a quarter of students in American schools are immigrants, or the children of immigrants — suffering trauma, that is going to have quite the impact over the course of the year,” Costello added.
The SPLC had previously tracked more than 800 incidents of “hateful harassment” across the U.S. since the Nov. 8 election.
Some of the teachers reported that recent incidents of harassment went unpunished by their schools, and about 40 percent said their schools had no apparent plan of action for dealing with them.
“I don’t think that they anticipated in any way what kids were going to say because for the most part, our schools are very diverse,” said one teacher from Kansas. “It’s not something we deal with anymore. It’s not like the ’50s, so this reactionary stuff going on just caught a lot of people by surprise.”
But Costello said the sharp uptick in less than two weeks since Trump’s election shows the problem must be seriously and swiftly addressed.
“There’s certainly been a breakdown in school culture and I think many schools are now ripe for incidents.”
If 2016 Republican presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson was trying to distinguish himself from the crowded field of conservatives eager to win the nomination, he may have just done it in the worst possible way.
In a first, the human rights watchdogs at Southern Poverty Law Center named a likely Republican contender to its “Extremist Watch List” for his attitudes and actions towards gay people and endorsing “biblical economic practices for 21st century America.” There are several other candidates who may be equally homophobic, but it would be hard to match just how unapologetic Carson is about it.
Carson, whose hatred of Obama is matched only by his hatred towards homosexuality, has made a name for himself by saying outlandish, vitriolic accusations designed specifically to rile up the ultra-conservative base. He has latched onto the premise that he, and other conservatives, are under constant assault by political correctness which is trying to prevent him from being able to express his ideas. If that’s true, Carson must be quite courageous because the “PC police” haven’t prevented him from saying the most offensive things imaginable.
When speaking about liberals, Carson likes to compare them to Nazis.
“I mean, [our society is] very much like Nazi Germany,” Carson told Breitbart News, after declaring that we were living in a “Gestapo age.” “And I know you’re not supposed to say ‘Nazi Germany,’ but I don’t care about political correctness. You know, you had a government using its tools to intimidate the population. We now live in a society where people are afraid to say what they actually believe.” [source]
He’s insisted on (then subsequently defended) the assertion that Obamacare is the worst thing to happen to America since slavery.
But his particular brand of bigotry sails most fully when he’s condemning homosexuality, a sexual orientation that he sees as no different than pedophilia. He once remarked to Fox News’ Sean Hannity:
“Marriage is between a man and a woman. It’s a well-established pillar of society and no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA [North American Man/Boy Association, a group advocating pedophilia], be they people who believe in bestiality—it doesn’t matter what they are, they don’t get to change the definition.”
Despite those comments (and many more), Carson’s star within the Republican Party is rising. In recent months, as Carson toys with a presidential bid, he has been rubbing elbows with some of the most hateful groups in the country, shoring up the people who will likely be his most fervent supporters.
In June 2014 he keynoted an event sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage, a hardline group opposed to same-sex marriage. He was a featured speaker at the Tea Party and far right-dominated Western Conservative Summit in Denver the next month, where he won the delegates’ straw poll of potential 2016 presidential candidates, running ahead of well-known right-wing politicians like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. And the Pacific Justice Institute, listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an anti-LGBT hate group, announced in July 2014 that he would keynote its “Celebration of Justice: Restoring America” conference in October.
In joining the “Extremist Watch List,” Carson gets placed next to some dubious company. He shares the list with such icons of hatred as former KKK leader David Duke, Westboro Baptists Church’s recently deceased leader Fred Phelps, and Scott Lively, the American pastor currently facing charges of crimes against humanity for helping enact Uganda’s genocidal anti-gay laws.
Ku Klux Klan (KKK) members from three different states are reportedly traveling to Ohio to hold a two-day fundraiser for the officer who shot unarmed teen Michael Brown, and to “guard white businesses.”
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) first reported last week that that the New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan had begun raising money in support of the Ferguson police officer who killed Brown.
On Friday, the New Empire Knights announced that it would be holding a fundraiser on August 23-24 in Sullivan, about 60 miles from Ferguson.
“With the police state in Ferguson, we will be holding our fundraiser in Sullivan City, MO,” the announcement said. “Donations of $10 and up. All money will go to the cop who did his job against the negro criminal.”
New Empire Knights Imperial Wizard Charles Murray said in the comments section of the group’s website that the event was “being attended by 3 different Klan fractions.”
And to anyone thinking of trying to get in the way, Murray warned, “we have guns (and more).”
“We are raising money for a cop who shot a n*gger criminal,” he explained.
In a statement on Monday, Sullivan Mayor Thomas Leasor said that the city had seen reports about the KKK’s plans.
“City elected officials nor City staff is aware of the specific location for the gathering or have any details regarding the event,” the statement said. “On behalf of the City of Sullivan elected officials and City staff I want to emphasize that we have not, or will not, endorse or condone any activity based on hatred, more specifically any activity based on hatred towards any ethnicity.”
”We are not holding a rally. We are having a fundraiser,” Murray said. ” Members of ours have been selling items online also. All funds are going to [the officer].”
On Monday, the New Empire Knights issued a statement about plans to “guard white businesses near Ferguson.”
“With blacks out of control, we have our Missouri Realm going to areas near Ferguson,” the statement said. “We can’t have blacks robbing and murdering innocent whites. I am on my way down along with members from three different states and members from the Southern Mountain Knights.”
1. Three die in shootings at Jewish community centers in Kansas
Three people, including 14-year-old Reat Griffin Underwood and his grandfather William Lewis Corporon, were shot to death at two Jewish community facilities outside Kansas City on Sunday. The suspect — Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller — shouted, “Heil, Hitler!” as he was arrested. The Southern Poverty Law Center described him as a “raging anti-Semite” with past ties in the Klu Klux Klan and other white supremacist groups. [CNN]
2. Bubba Watson takes his second Masters title
Bubba Watson won the Masters golf championship on Sunday, surging to a three-shot victory on the final day of the tournament. It was Watson’s second Masters win. He won his first green jacket two years ago in his first major tournament victory. He started the day even with Jordan Spieth, a 20-year-old Texan who was playing in his first Masters and trying to become the storied tournament’s youngest winner ever. [Los Angeles Times]
3. U.N. climate report suggests ways to halt warming
World leaders must take action by 2020 to stop the most severe effects of rising global temperatures, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said in a report released Sunday. The mitigation report includes 1,200 scenarios in which damage from global warming could be contained by 2100 through such measures as growing forests to pull carbon out of the air and painting roofs so they absorb less heat. [National Geographic]
4. Ukraine threatens military action against separatists
Ukrainian President Oleksander Turchinov on Monday threatened military action to thwart pro-Russian separatists who ignored an ultimatum to leave occupied local government buildings. Another group of about 100 separatists attacked a police headquarters in the city of Horlivka on Monday. The tensions and weekend violence dropped Russia’s currency, the ruble, to its lowest level in three weeks. [Reuters, Bloomberg Businessweek]
5. Robotic sub dispatched to hunt for missing plane
The six-week search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 enters a new phase Monday, as an underwater drone is deployed to scour the bottom of the southern Indian Ocean. The Bluefin 21 autonomous underwater vehicle will search the area where four signals were detected from the plane’s black-box recorders, which have since probably run out of battery power. “It is time to go underwater,” said Angus Houston, head of the search effort. [Reuters, NBC News]
6. Sebelius concedes date for launching HealthCare.gov was “flat-out wrong”
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius defended ObamaCare on Sunday in her first interview since announcing her resignation, saying that President Obama’s signature health-care law gave millions of Americans their first “competitive choices” in the insurance market. She repeated admissions that the ObamaCare website’s rollout was “terribly flawed,” saying the judgment that it was ready to launch on Oct. 1 was “flat-out wrong.”
7. Woman arrested after babies bodies found in her former home
A woman was arrested over the weekend in Utah after police found the bodies of seven infants packed in cardboard boxes in a Utah home where she used to live. The suspect, Megan Huntsman, was charged with six counts of murder. Authorities said they believed Huntsman gave birth to the babies between 1996 and 2006 and killed them. A family member called police after discovering the first body while cleaning out the garage. [ABC News]
8. Death toll rises in Chile fire
The death toll from a massive fire in the Chilean port city of Valparaiso rose to 12 on Sunday. The blaze, fanned by Pacific coast winds, destroyed 2,000 houses as it consumed 1,700 acres of forest and residential neighborhoods. Crews battled the fire on Sunday, a day after it started, by dropping water from planes and helicopters. “We are looking for something to remember our home by,” one resident said, “but there’s nothing.” [Reuters]
9. Libyan prime minister quits days after being picked
Libya’s newly appointed interim prime minister, Abdullah al-Thinni, abruptly stepped down on Sunday, less than a week after being named to the post. Al-Thinni said he and his family had been victims of a “cowardly” shooting on Saturday that “terrified people in a residential area and endangered the lives of some.” He said he couldn’t “accept a single drop of Libyan blood be shed” over him, and apologized for leaving the job. [CNN]
10. Hunger Games takes top prizes at MTV Movie Awards The Hunger Games: Catching Fire took the top award — movie of the year — at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday night. The film’s stars, Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcheson, also won the prizes for top female and male performers. Jared Leto won for best on-screen transformation in his Oscar-winning Dallas Buyers Club role, and Mila Kunis, the wicked witch in Oz the Great and Powerful, took home the golden popcorn trophy for best villain. [USA Today]
At a Tea Party “Self Reliance Rally” in Idaho, organized by the Oath Keepers, Washington State Rep. Matt Shea (R) reportedly warned survivalist attendees to stockpile ammo, practice shooting, and learn defense tactics to prepare for a massive economic collapse.
We need to prepare for theinevitable collapse that is going to happen. You know it’s going to happen. That’s right, I am a politician and I am standing up here and saying that. … When it happens, we need to look at this as a opportunity, not a crisis. Who’s job is liberty? That’s our job.
According to the Spokane Spokesman Review, he was cited for two violations of Washington’s firearms law after he “pulled a gun during a confrontation with another motorist last November in what police reports describe as a road rage incident.”
The Southern Poverty Law Center has identified the Oath Keepers, a group that encourages military and public safety officials to refuse to obey any order they deem unconstitutional, as part of a new wave of militias.
White Student Union founder Matthew “Commander” Heimbach
A racist hate group at Towson University has announced plans to conduct its own nighttime police patrols on campus.
Founded last year, the White Student Union has stirred significant controversy already. The organization has been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. In addition, its founder, Matthew Heimbach (who goes by the title “Commander Heimbach”), and fellow organizer Scott Terry interrupted a minority outreach panel at the Conservative Political Action Conference this month in order to defend slavery, noting that slaveholders provided blacks with food and shelter. Terry later told ThinkProgress that African-Americans “should be allowed to vote in Africa” and he’d be “fine” living in a society where blacks are permanently subservient to whites.
The controversial White Student Union has resurfaced on Towson’s campus with plans to conduct random nighttime patrols, which members say are for students’ protection.
Some members of the group, equipped with flashlights, will conduct on-campus safety walks, and female members will carry pepper spray in an attempt to protect students from various crimes like sexual assaults and robberies, WSU President Matthew Heimbach said. […]
Heimbach said female members have also been enrolling in self-defense classes, and members have been going to local gun ranges as a group, but not in a “military way,” Heimbach said.
He said group members would carry no weapons on the nighttime walks.
One need look no further than the White Student Union’s blog to see why their vigilante operations could turn problematic. In a blog post last month entitled “Black Crime Wave Continues!“, the group writes:
The frequent robberies, sexual assaults, and acts of vandalism at Towson University are not often reported in the local media. For those who are not Towson students it seems hard to fathom that every single day black predators prey upon the majority white Towson University student body. White Southern men have long been called to defend their communities when law enforcement and the State seem unwilling to protect our people.
As a result, the post reads, “The WSU executive board has unanimously approved to make it mandatory for all female WSU members to begin taking some form of unarmed self defense training over the next month.”
Though no Towson faculty would sign on as a sponsor for the WSU, the administration allows the group to use university resources. As the group bragged in September 2012, it is “excited to report that it has taken one step closer toward becoming recognized by Towson University,” pointing to its profile on a university website.
Firearms enthusiasts around the country are being encouraged to head down to their local gun shops on Saturday, constitutions and American flags in hand, to send a message to President Barack Obama about Second Amendment rights — and, of course, to buy more guns.
A3P, which is listed on the Gun Appreciation Day website as a sponsor, does little through its own content to veil the fact that the political movement is dedicated to white supremacy.
In its mission statement, A3P writes that it “believes that government policy in the United States discriminates against white Americans, the majority population, and that white Americans need their own political party to fight this discrimination.”
It goes on, saying that the group aims to “stop the immigrant invasion” in order to put “America first!”
Gun Appreciation Day has raised some eyebrows for reasons apart from its questionable ties. The event’s founder, Larry Ward has rejected claims that he’s an extremist, but earlier this week he sparked outrage when he suggested that slavery could have been prevented in the United States if African Americans were allowed to carry guns.
“I think Martin Luther King, Jr. would agree with me if he were alive today that if African Americans had been given the right to keep and bear arms from day one of the country’s founding, perhaps slavery might not have been a chapter in our history,” Ward said.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), along with other signatories, sent a letter asking several prominent speakers, including vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, to reconsider attending the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. this weekend because of defamatory comments against the LGBT community made by the host of the conference, the Family Research Council (FRC) and one of its co-sponsors, the American Family Association (AFA). Both of these organizations are classified as hate groups by the SPLC and they cite specific examples of why they are designated as such in their letter:
Here is what Bryan Fischer, the AFA’s Director of Issue Analysis, wrote in 2010: “Homosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler, and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine and 6 million dead Jews.” He once said that welfare rewards black people who “rut like rabbits.”The FRC’s extremism is also illustrated by its recent hiring of retired Lt. Gen. William “Jerry” Boykin, a radical anti-Muslim propagandist and conspiracy theorist, as its executive vice president. Last year, Mr. Boykin stated that “Islam is not a religion and does not deserve First Amendment protections”— a statement that is antithetical to American ideals. In the Affordable Care Act, he literally sees a plot to create a shadow police force that he compares to Hitler’s “Brownshirts.” Yet, the FRC has not only hired Mr. Boykin, it has given him a prominent speaking slot at the Summit.
Here’s a short video displayed the rabid hate that will be on display this weekend:
Really?! These are the values that Republicans and their Christian supporters want us to vote for? The breakout sessions scheduled for Saturday on the Values Voter Summit site sound innocuous enough when you read the titles but I think they are masking their real agenda so I’ve provided my own translation of the actual topics being addressed:
Economic Inequality: Reconciling Capitalism And Compassion (Screw The Poor)
Israel, Iran And The Future Of Western Civilization (Bring On The Rapture)
Speechless? Silencing The Christians (Adopt Our Beliefs or Get the Hell Out)
Understanding Radical Islam 101 (Converting The Heathens)
One Life: 40 Years Of Roe V. Wade, Ending Abortion Today (Every Egg is Sacred)
Repealing Obamacare (Screw the Sick)
Can You Protect Your Children From The Commercial Sex Industry? (Okay, No One Is Pro Child Sex Trafficking)
Preparing For The Coming Economic Earthquake (President Mitt Romney)
The GOP and the Right Wing Media, Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, et al, have been propagating a campaign of irrational fear and hate against President Barak Obama since 2007. These devious and dishonest attacks are designed to delegitimize the Presidency of Barak Obama, and to characterize him as; the other, foreign, un-American, non-Christian, and alien.
He has been called socialist, communist, fascist, The New Hitler, Marxist, Stalinist, Muslim, African Anti- Colonialist, Anti-Christ, baby killer, gay lover, uppity, The Food Stamp President, and n!@@&r. The base of the GOP is clearly without any morality, their claim to Jesus and God rings hallow as they practice Anti-Christ in the name of Jesus.
Their base constituency has been duped with fear, into a position of unfounded distrust and hate. In their fevered zealotry, they express a fanatical willingness to vote against their own self-interest. The Conservatives have been conquered, their party has taken over by the Corporatist, in a pact with the Theocrats, and the Objectivist. Watch this video in its entirety, and then tell me how anyone with a modicum of intelligence, or any degree of honesty, could vote for a Republican.
“I don’t agree with all the people who support me, and my guess is they don’t all agree with everything I believe in, but I need to get 50.1 percent or more and I’m appreciative to have the help of a lot of good people.” – Mitt Romney
It’s almost like I can see the future! Recently, I predicted that the right would be outraged, OUTRAGED, by the botched attack on the DC headquarters of the anti-gay hate group, The Family Research Council, by what is presumably a liberal. I also said that, magically, this one incident would overshadow the decades long pattern of right-wing violence.
Here’s Judson Phillips, founder of Tea Party Nation and hate/fear-monger in charge to prove me right,
Yesterday was a day we in the conservative movement will need to remember for a very long time. It represents something we had better learn about and learn to deal with quickly.
What is it?
It was the shooting at the Family Research Council in DC.
It was left on right violence.
It is soon to be the new norm.
BE AFRAID! THE LIBERALS ARE COMING! Judson blathers on for a bit and finally gets to the part where conservatives are the true victims and liberals are out of control monsters:
Conservatives have been the victims of left-wing violence. In 2009, Kenneth Gladney was beaten by leftist thugs in a St. Louis Tea Party event. More recently we have seen violence committed by the Occupy mobs.
Ah. Kenneth Gladney? THIS Kenneth Gladney? I wonder if Judson thinks a man getting into a scuffle with two other men is the same as a liberal woman being thrown to the ground and stomped on by Rand Paul supporters? Probably not. She had it coming, after all. Just a heads up, the Gladney case ended in an acquittal for the “union thugs” while the manly stomper of women plead out for probation and paying for his victim’s medical bills. Also, notice that Judson can’t be bothered to say what KIND of violence has occurred at the Occupy protests? Probably because it’s hard to spin smashed windows and graffiti into a credible attack on conservatives.
Judson wraps it up with a textbook case of projection in which he transfers the sins of the right to the “radical left”:
Left wing media outlets and radical far left groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center are creating the hysteria that is the catalyst for violence. The blood is on their hands. (be afraid – FLS)
I wish I could say the shooting at the FRC yesterday was an isolated incident. It is not. It is an example of growing violence against conservatives in this nation. (be afraid – FLS)
Fortunately yesterday, no one died. Unfortunately, I fear it is only a matter of time before that happens. (be afraid – FLS)
The left is getting more desperate. They are seeing their power fade and the left must have power. They know they will lose the Senate and the White House in the election this fall and they are becoming more and more desperate. (Be. Afraid. – FLS)
For conservatives, the message is simple. We must be on our guard. (BE. AFRAID. – FLS)
These are dangerous times for conservatives. Before this is all over, I fear there will not only be more violence against conservatives, I fear conservatives will be killed by some of these deranged far left wing activists. (BE AFRAID! – FLS)
In most cases, I like to be right in my predictions. In this one case, I pray I am very wrong. (OH MY GOD ARE YOU TERRIFIED YET?! – FLS)
The message here is clear: “Go out and get more guns to protect yourself and if you happen to blow away a few liberals, they probably had it coming.” This is precisely the kind of “hysteria” the left DOESN’T create but the right specializes in. Oh? he didn’t mention guns so I’m exaggerating? What, pray tell, does the right festishize for self-defense? Guns, pepper spray, tasers or martial arts? That’s right, guns. Let’s move on.
Conservatives love the idea that they are under siege and Republicans love the idea of their base being terrified of their neighbors. It makes them easier to control. It’s nice to see Judson running plays right out of the GOP handbook: “How To Keep’em Dumb & Scared – Your Guide To Winning Elections.” He’s definitely earned his Koch money this week.