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Civil rights group catalogs more than 300 hate incidents since Election Day




Anti-Donald Trump protestors at MacArthur Park in Los Angeles on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016.
Anti-Donald Trump protestors at MacArthur Park in Los Angeles on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016.
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Since Tuesday night, there have been reports of election-related harassment and hate incidents across the country.

Here in Southern California, on the day after the election, parents of a 6th-grader at a South L.A. middle school allege that a substitute teacher told students that their parents would be deported.

A witness says a group of white men in Anaheim pulled up next to a black family in a car, shouted the N-word and said it was "Trump's country now."

Ryan Lenz, editor of the Hatewatch blog at the Southern Poverty Law Center, says that over the past week, his organization has collected around 315 incidents of election-related harassment and intimidation.

The reports have come from the Southern Poverty Law Center's #ReportHate site, social media, and news reports. Lenz says the organization is currently working to independently verify the incidents. 

Most of the reports have been of instances of anti-Black and anti-immigrant harassment, Lenz says, "with a third large category being anti-Muslim harassment." Many of the incidents, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, involve direct references to the Trump campaign.

"These reports are quite heart-breaking," Lenz says. "And [they're] quite indicative, we feel, of what America is now in the aftermath of a campaign that legitimized and gave a huge seat at the table to ideologies and extremist perspectives that had long been relegated to the fringe of American culture." 

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