In the village of Wellsville, a softball field near a high school was vandalized with antisemitic graffiti featuring a swastika and the words “Make America White Again”, modelling the campaign slogan of the President-elect.
In Brooklyn, a prayer room for Muslim students at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering was also vandalized on Wednesday: Muslim students woke up to find the word “Trump!” written across the front door.
The Anti-Defamation league, which fights against antisemitism and bigotry in general, strongly condemned both incidents.
“Wherever they appear, expressions of hatred intimidate and impact the entire community,” ADL New York Regional Director Evan Bernstein said on Thursday. “Following an election season in which we have witnessed an unprecedented degree of bigotry and intolerance, acts like this are meant to further divide and intimidate Muslims and other minorities,” “We have been alarmed and concerned about the recent trend of hateful rhetoric and violence directed towards Muslims in New York City and reaffirm our commitment to combatting hate of all forms,” Bernstein said about the NYU incident. “Islamophobic rhetoric and violence have no place in New York. We want the American-Muslim community to know that they are not alone in the struggle against hate.”
As thousands in New York protested Donald Trump’s election on Wednesday night and millions of voters across the United States have expressed their disappointment and even pain following Hillary Clinton’s loss, the ADL has also issued recommendations and tips for families and educators to assist young people in processing their feelings.
“Election 2016 was a long, emotional, and difficult time for our country,” said ADL CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt. “Parents and educators are now looking for ways to help our kids express their sentiments and guide them in internalizing what took place.”
In the resource, the ADL recommends parent’s to “be honest about their personal thoughts; remain positive and explain that there are a variety of ways to be an activist including countering bias, bullying and stereotyping; tell them [they] will protect and fight for them; and discuss and monitor what young people come across on social media and encourage connecting with others.”
“Discussions in the classroom and at the dinner table about this topic should be encouraged, not shunned,” Jinnie Spiegler, ADL Director of Curriculum said. “We need to be sensitive to young people’s needs at a time when they have many questions and concerns about the future of our country and what that means to them.”