So far the Trump administration has largely ignored the surge in domestic terror that targets minorities. Black lawmakers say that must change. They want federal law enforcement agencies to make fighting hate crimes a priority.
The Hill reports that the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) is urging the administration to increase its effort to investigate and prosecute hate crimes against minority groups.
Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), the CBC’s chairman, wrote a letter addressed to the heads of the FBI, Justice Department and Homeland Security.
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Richmond tells the department heads that they must “proactively” investigate and prosecute every hate crime, which began to surge during Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
The congressman writes that Trump “employed starkly divisive rhetoric” to connect with members of the GOP base who have a propensity for racial or religious bias. He notes that Trump supporters attacked African Americans, Hispanics, Muslims and immigrant rights advocates at campaign rallies.
Now that Trump is in the White House, many of those individuals feel “emboldened” to act on their hatreds, he adds.
Indeed, the Southern Poverty Law Center recorded 1,094 bias incidents since Trump won the election. There’s evidence that about 37 percent of those incidents have a Trump connection, such as a reference to his campaign slogan, according to the organization.
Richmond points to several recent examples reported widely in the media, including the fatal stabbing of a young Army officer, Richard Collins, by a suspected neo-Nazi days, before the soldier’s college graduation ceremony.
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