This time, four years ago, the U.S. was in the heat of the election cycle. The Trump campaign was regularly using Islamophobic and xenophobic rhetoric to promise discriminatory policies like the Muslim Ban and a border wall. We documented a dramatic rise in hate violence targeting Muslims and those perceived as Muslims during and after the 2016 election.

And this election cycle, we are just as vigilant. This week, presidential candidate Joe Biden announced his pick for Vice President: Senator Kamala Harris. As a woman of Jamaican and South Asian heritage (see our take on this in this NBC article here) joins the ticket, we can unfortunately also expect the Trump Administration will continue to join in more hate speech — drumming up support by appealing to xenophobic, racist, and Islamophic stereotypes.

This week also marks: one year since the tragic shooting in an El Paso Walmart; three years since the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, which led to the death of anti-racist protestor Heather Heyer; four years since the brutal and hateful killing of Khalid Jabara in Tulsa; and eight years since the attack on the Oak Creek Gurdwara in Wisconsin. On the anniversaries of these white supremacy fueled murders, Trump’s Administration and tech giants continue to show that they’d rather protect racists and bigots than people of color in both digital and physical spaces.

As November approaches, we urge community members to assess, engage, and push candidates on how strongly they’ve stood up to white supremacy in all it’s manifestions: Islamophobic, xenophobic and racist rhetoric; hate violence and digital security; police and state violence; transnational issues like Hindu nationalism; indefinite detention and the separation of immigrant families; and other inherently discriminatory policies, like the Musim Ban.

In the month of July, SAALT tracked 11 incidents of hate violence targeting Muslims and those racialized as Muslim, as well as South Asian Americans and other immigrant or diasporic communities:

SAALT also recorded 2 incidents of xenophobic and Islamophobic rhetoric since July 1, 2020.

Since June 1, 2020, SAALT tracked 6 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 COVID-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 323 incidents of xenophobic or Islamophobic rhetoric, and 679 incidents of hate violence targeting Muslims and Asian Americans, and those perceived as Muslim or Asian American, since November 2015.

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

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