Researchers wrote in The Washington Post. Ayal Feinberg, Regina Branton and Valerie Martinez-Ebers found that Trump’s rhetoric may encourage hate crimes.
Using the Anti-Defamation League’s Hate, Extremism, Anti-Semitism Terrorism (H.E.A.T.) map data, the researchers looked at whether there had been increases in rates of hate crimes in the months after a Trump rally and the results showed that there had been a significant increase in counties that had hosted Trump rallies in the lead up to the presidential election compared to other counties that did not.
Jussie Smollett haters, give it a rest for a moment. The research noted that it’s unrealistic to explain the increase as
“faux hate crimes.”
“To test this, we aggregated hate-crime incident data and Trump rally data to the county level and then used statistical tools to estimate a rally’s impact.
We included controls for factors such as the county’s crime rates, its number of active hate groups, its minority populations, its percentage with college educations, its location in the country and the month when the rallies occurred.”
And according to FBI statistics, the researchers also pointed out that hate crimes across the U.S. appear to have increased by 17 percent during 2016.
Hate incidents and hate crimes are considered to be acts of violence or hostility against a person because of their identity, LGBTQ charity Stonewall says.
People can be victims of hate crimes for a variety of reasons, including their race, sexuality or gender identity.
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