In the wake of President Donald Trump’s shocking election victory, there has been a noticeable spike in hate crimes in America.
Conservatives try their best to brush off all comparisons between President Trump and Adolf Hitler. However, it’s hard to make a case for Trump when sickening acts of anti-Semitic vandalism are occurring, including that of a student who drew a swastika out of feces in a college bathroom.
Authorities were alerted to this nauseating piece of handiwork, which was done in a gender-neutral bathroom in a residence hall at the Rhode Island School of Design, which is arguably the United States’s finest art college. Commented Jaime Marland, director of RISD public relations, “This level of disrespect and vitriol is completely unacceptable and RISD Public Safety is investigating this isolated incident as both an act of vandalism and potentially a crime of hate.” She added, “We are deeply committed to providing a safe and supportive campus environment for our students and do not tolerate discrimination of any kind.” She could not say for sure if the act was also directed toward LGBT students as well.
Commented the campus Jewish organization Brown RISD Hillel, “We were saddened and angered to learn of the anti-Semitic graffiti found in a RISD dorm bathroom. There is no place for hateful symbols on a college campus or anywhere. We are in close contact with RISD’s office of Intercultural Student Engagement and appreciate RISD’s swift and clear response.” Added Rabbi Michelle T. Dardashti, “To say we condemn the RISD graffiti is too mild and obvious a statement. Students of Jewish history understand that deadly anti-Semitism has been cyclical, thus current manifestations (in the forms of graffiti, bomb threats, cemetery vandalism and white-supremacist and alt right rhetoric) are hard to write off as trivial or innocuous.” One student at the art school commented to reporters, “There have people using their own fecal matter in a harmful way in the bathrooms, in the showers, all over the bathroom.” Do you blame Trump for this rise in expressed hatred?