There were apprehensions before US Presidential election that if Donald Trump gets the entry into White House, intolerance will hit a new high. Now, in a shocking turn of events, several mosques in the US have allegedly received threatening letters and emails against the community in the country. This came amid reports of spurt in hate crimes against Muslims after the electoral victory of Trump. An anonymous handwritten letter, which so far has been received by three mosques in California and one in Georgia, warned Muslims to “pack your bags and get out of Dodge as Trump is going to cleanse America and make it shine again”. After being elected as the 45th president of the US, Trump has raised his voice against all kinds of hate-crimes, but it seems it is not being heeded now especially as he encouraged them in the first place. Also, there has been no response from him in the aftermath of the series of hate letters being received by mosques in different parts of the country.
Anti-Muslim bigotry has surged since the Election Day, claimed Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA). “Whoever sent these letters should know that they have only strengthened our resolve to keep practicing our faith, defending our rights and building bridges with our neighbours,” he said. Hussam Ayloush, director of Los Angeles chapter of CAIR-GA these hate letters are designed to intimidate Muslims in the US. In a statement, CAIR claimed more than 100 anti-Muslim incidents have occurred across the country after the November 8 general elections. Southern Poverty Law Center has documents more than 700 incidents targeting different minority groups, a PTI report said.
Meawhile, After a mosque was vandalized in her Congressional District in Washington States last week, Indian-American Congresswoman-elect Pramila Jayapal said, “I am deeply troubled that hate crimes against Muslims and minorities are on the rise, in particular at places of worship and schools.” “I strongly condemn this hateful act of vandalism of a place of worship. Hate has no place in our community, and we all stand united rejecting these actions in unequivocal terms,” she had said.
Is Donald Trump listening? Will he wait for things to get worse before he steps in? Or, will he try and be the president of the whole of the United States of America rather than a particular segment?