New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Sunday that he is calling upon the NYPD to create a special police unit to fight back against the growing hate crimes in the city. Cuomo made this announcement while speaking at Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church. The governor was discussing the current political discourse in the country and how it has many people scared. He called for an end to the divisiveness and the hate that is growing in America because of the election.
There is no doubt that Election Day was hard for the millions of Americans who did not vote for Donald Trump. Just one day after Trump was declared the winner of the presidential election, protests began to break out in cities all across the United States. One of the first cities to have protests, which are still going on, is New York City.
Trump actually lost his home state of New York to Hillary Clinton in the election, since New York is a Democratic blue state. This would explain why protests are growing strong in New York state and city. However, along with the protests, there have been a wave of hate crimes in New York. Although, there has been no direct connection made between the hate crimes and the protests, but they are certainly both politically motivated.
The majority of the hate crimes seem to be committed by Trump supporters. There have been cases reported of minorities, particularly Muslims, being attacked by people accusing them of being terrorists. Numerous playgrounds and other properties have been vandalized with spray painted swastikas and the words “Go Trump.”
In fewer cases, there have been situations where Trump supporters have been attacked simply for wearing a Trump hat or having a Trump sticker on their car. But the majority of the hate seems to be directed toward Latinos and Muslims, which are the two demographics that Trump caused controversy with during his presidential campaign. During Trump’s 60 Minutes interview, he looked into the camera and told people to “stop” the violence. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to be listening to him.