Video, anti-Muslim crimes shock Trump’s America
Racist graffiti and chants reported inside schools as hijab-wearing students attacked
One of Donald Trump’s most repeated slogans, to build a wall along the country’s border with Mexico, has again stirred up controversy after a video of a student’s group in Michigan chanting “Build the Wall” went viral on social media. (WATCH THE VIDEO).
President-elect Donald Trump has promised to build a border wall between the US and Mexico to tackle illegal immigration. Parents of Royal Oak Middle School students have expressed concerns to the developing situation and school officials said they are responding, The Oakland Press website said.
The video was posted on a Facebook page for Dee Perez-Scott. “This happened (Wednesday) at Royal Oak Middle School in Royal Oak, Michigan. It is so sad. Latino children were crying. The taunts, the “Build the Wall” with such bullying power and hate from children to children. Just Horrifying!,” a parent said on Wednesday.
The incident took place at the school’s cafeteria and the video has been viewed over 800,000 times. Royal Oak Schools Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin said he learned about the video from a parent. “There are students who are upset by this incident,” he said. “We are committed to addressing that and providing support for all the students.”
The superintendent also made a statement on the school district’s website www.royaloakschools.org on Thursday and said that the school staff responded when the students began chanting. This is not the only such incident following Trump's victory.
Muslim students targeted in California
Authorities at two universities in California said Thursday police were investigating attacks against female Muslim students, one of which was described as a hate crime. Both attacks came on Wednesday, the day after Donald Trump was elected president at the end of a campaign during which the Republican was criticized for divisive and inflammatory language against Muslims.
In one of the incidents, two assailants confronted their victim at San Diego State University and "made comments about President-elect Trump and the Muslim community," according to campus police. The woman had her purse, backpack and car keys stolen. She went to get help and returned to the scene with police officers, only to find her car had been stolen, police spokesman Ronald Broussard said.
The case was being investigated as a suspected hate crime as well as a strong-arm robbery and auto theft, Broussard said. San Jose State University police said in a statement they were investigating a similar attack against a female student at a campus parking garage.
A male assailant approached the victim from behind, pulling at the victim's head scarf, choking and throwing her off balance, according to the statement circulated to students on Wednesday.
New York University’s Muslim Students Association issued a statement on Wednesday saying engineering undergraduates had arrived that morning to find “Trump” scrawled on the door of their prayer room. A Muslim student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette told police on Wednesday that she was attacked by two men, one of whom was wearing a white hat emblazoned with “Trump.”