Due to a spike in hate crimes since Election Day, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has called for the creation of a special police to fight the problem.
“The ugly political discourse of the election did not end on Election Day. In many ways it has gotten worse, [turning] into a social crisis that now challenges our identity as a state and as a nation and our people,” he announced.
The Southern Poverty Law Center asserts that more than 700 incidents of “hateful harassment and intimidation” have occurred throughout the country in the wake of the election. To combat this, Cuomo recently launched a toll-free hotline that connects New York residents with the state’s Division of Human Rights should they experience or witness such incidents.
In addition, Cuomo has vowed to set up a legal defense fund for immigrants who fear prosecution under a President Trump, and to expand New York’s Human Rights Law to students being bullied or experiencing discrimination.
“We’ve had an uptick in hate crimes, actually a little bit more than an uptick. We’re up 31% from last year. We had at this time last year 250, this year we have 328, specifically against the Muslim population in New York City — we went up from 12 to 25, and anti-Semitic is up, too, by 9% from 102 to 111,” said New York Police Department Commissioner James O’Neill.
Cuomo hopes that New York’s action will spark an anti-hate movement across the nation.