Barack Obama's election as U.S. president has provoked a rise in hate crimes against ethnic minorities, civil rights groups said on Monday.
Hundreds of incidents of abuse or intimidation apparently motivated by racial hatred have been reported since the Nov. 4 election, though most have not involved violence, said the Southern Poverty Law Center.
White supremacist groups such as the Ku Klux Klan and the Council of Conservative Citizens have seen a flood of interest from possible new members since the landmark election of the first black president in U.S. history.
Far right groups are also capitalizing on rising unemployment in the economic downturn and a demographic shift that could make whites a minority by mid-century, the Southern Poverty Law Center said.
Basically this story is nothing more than a regurgitation of the the SLPC's (aging liberal hippie douches founded by race pimp extraordinaire Julian Bond) talking points.
Fact is the FBI wont compile data like this until well into next year, and all evidence to that effect is purely anecdotal. News outlets that are running with this story are not only doing a disservice with the mild regurgitation of a left wing organizations press release but is illustrative on just how lazy they have gotten. Do they still wonder why hoards of people continue to tune them out?
But its like I was saying before, instead of being seen as a nail in the coffin of institutional racism, the Obama (elect) administration will be able to use race as powerful shield against legitimate criticism. It will be small rhetorical leap to link this clip on the resurgence of the Klan and a center right critic of the new Obama administration.
But in their defense, I supposed that maybe the SPLC may only been confused (and not outright full of shit) about the spike in hate crimes since the election.
Federal officials have launched a preliminary inquiry into whether recent acts of vandalism against Mormon temples and meeting houses are hate crimes, a department spokesman said Friday.Something tells me these kinds of hate crimes don’t count though.
"We are looking into whether these acts are intimidating people into not going into houses of worship," said Juan Becerra, of the Salt Lake City FBI. "The right to worship is a basic civil right."
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints actively supported the passage of Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that banned same-sex marriage in California.