Yet another American high school has been defaced with hateful messages and the symbols of genocide. This time it was at the Collins Hill High School in Atlanta, Georgia, that Trump fans decided to celebrate their candidate’s victory by spray-painting swastikas, the word “TRUMP,” “BUILD THE WALL,” and inevitably, a slew of racial and homophobic slurs.
“The graffiti and the hurtful messages that defaced our school were cleaned up fairly quickly. That said, it is disappointing that someone left messages filled with hate on our school campus. As we continue our Thanksgiving break. I am not disheartened by this incident as I know that this type of behavior does not define our school community and for that I give thanks” said Principal Kerensa Wing in an email to parents and students.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has tracked a shocking 700 incidents of hate crimes or hateful harassment since Donald Trump was elected. The numbers are as follows: anti-immigrant (206), anti-Black (151), anti-LGBT (80), swastika vandalism (60), anti-Muslim (51), and anti-woman (36). This was the second incident in this county so far: last week, a Muslim teacher at Dacula High was left a note telling her to hang herself by her headscarf.
Far from unifying the nation, Trump has only made it more divided as he refuses to condemn his white supremacist supporters who raised their arms in the Nazi salute at a neo-Nazi conference in Washington D.C. this weekend and refuses to drop Stephen Bannon, a noted white supremacist and anti-Semite, from his administration. This is the America we live in now, where racists are bold enough to make their hatred visible in public spaces and targeting innocents. We cannot allow this to become normalized; this kind of hate is a rejection of all the values our nation was founded on and is a national disgrace which we must pay penance for.