August & September Hate Report: Who does the President protect?

It’s less than two weeks away from Election Day, and racist rhetoric from public officials and hate violence continues to impact communities all over the country.

From the local level to the federal level, candidates from Laura Loomer to Marjorie Taylor Green who have public track records filled with Islamophobic remarks are winning the praises of President Trump. The president himself, in the first presidential debate of the election, won the admiration of white supremacist groups after he failed to openly denounce white supremacy, instead calling on known hate group, the Proud Boys, to “stand back and stand by.”

Institutionalized racism also continues to play out in the mainstream media. In September, as media outlets and officials marked the 19 year anniversary of 9/11, we saw the diminishment of hate violence survivor experiences by mainstream media figure and NYT columnist Paul Krugman. Krugman discounted survivors of post-9/11 backlash and hate crimes with a Tweet that falsely said “there wasn’t a mass outbreak of anti-Muslim sentiment and violence,” a statement which SAALT’s research directly contradicts.

Nearly every part of the country has seen incidents of hate violence: Muslim women wearing hijabs continue to be harrassed and assaulted; bigots have been repeatedly attacking their neighbors, either for their immigration status or for their support of Black Lives Matter; and white supremacists are vandalizing properties across the country with racist rhetoric and imagery.

In the months of August and September, SAALT tracked 20 incidents of hate violence aimed at South Asian, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Middle Eastern and Arab American communities:

SAALT also recorded 13 incidents of xenophobic and Islamophobic rhetoric made by public officials since August 1, 2020.

Since June 1, 2020, SAALT tracked 12 publicly-reported incidents of hate violence and rhetoric targeting Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander individuals and communities. Our AAPI allies and SAALT continue to receive sensitive first-hand accounts of coronavirus-related hate violence, but these details will not be reported in SAALT’s Monthly Hate Reports.

Inclusive of the incidents in this monthly summary, SAALT and our partners have tracked 337 incidents of xenophobic or Islamophobic rhetoric, and 714 incidents of hate violence targeting Muslims and Asian Americans, and those perceived as Muslim or Asian American, since November 2015.

A national social justice org working on policy analysis/advocacy on issues affecting the South Asian community: immigration, post 9/11 backlash.