Hate crimes are on the rise and we're not surprised | Media Mentions

November 17, 2017

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Communities hit by rising hate crimes say Trump’s rhetoric is having a devastating impact (Think Progress)

Ryan Ahari quoted: “Given the rise of the Trump campaign, white nationalism, the prominence of people like [white nationalist] Richard Spencer, these folks who have been empowered by Trump’s candidacy, it’s not surprising to see the rise in hate,” he said. “They’ve been validated. A lot of folks have seen the dog whistles that Trump has been blowing to his supporters and people feel emboldened. They have decided to act out on their violent thoughts.”

Los Angeles County sees jump in white supremacist-linked hate crimes in 2016 (ABC7)

Salam Al-Marayati quoted at press conference: The report points out hate crimes often go unreported. That's typically the case in the Muslim community, according to the Muslim Public Affairs Council.

"There's usually the fear, people on the street," said Salam Al-Marayati, who works with the council.

White Supremacist Hate Crime Skyrockets In Los Angeles County (Venice Patch)

Salam Al-Marayati interviewed at press conference: "He bolsters these groups to give them validation, and they feel emboldened and they can go out and march and organize. And you are seeing a rise," said Salam Al-Marayati, president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, to City News Service after a news conference at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration. "I was at a law enforcement summit yesterday, and the whole talk was about white supremacists."

Jewish World Watch Holds Rally for Rohingyas at Myanmar Consulate (Jewish Journal)

Salam Al-Marayati quoted & mentioned: “We feel the same as the Jewish community, that this is a matter of our religious obligation, of our human conscience,” he told the Journal. “I think that’s what brings us together.”

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