The following was on page A8 of the February 1, 2019 edition of the Plain Dealer this morning:

This was hardly news to me, but I figured I'd dig in a bit and Googled "California hate crimes increase".  Among the over six million hits I got was the following:

FBI: Hate crimes in U.S., CA surge in first year of Trump’s presidency (San Francisco Chronicle)

U.S. hate crimes increased by 17 percent last year, federal officials said Tuesday, a surge driven by racial and anti-Semitic attacks and linked by some experts to the wider public emergence of white supremacists and other hate groups.

Across the country, authorities reported 7,175 hate crimes in 2017, compared with 6,121 in 2016 — the number rising for the third consecutive year. In California, law enforcement agencies said 1,095 crimes last year were motivated by a victim’s race, ethnicity, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or disability.

A total of 603 of these incidents were based on race, ethnicity or ancestry, compared with 522 in 2016. Religious hate crimes jumped 21 percent statewide and crimes against individuals based on sexual orientation rose 19 percent, according to the data released by the FBI .

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón slammed President Trump after the release of Tuesday’s report, directly blaming his actions and words for the worsening climate documented in the federal report. Trump has repeatedly denied such accusations.

Read the rest here.


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Muslim bans, mocking the disabled, promoting gay conversion therapy, these and too many other such examples are saying that if you're not a white Christian American, it might as well be open season on you and yours.  For a very long time, I have thought that a Second Civil War might be fomented out of the struggle between religion and secularism, but it would seem that Trump wants conflict on a wider base than that, and if he doesn't consciously want it, the seeds of such are being actively sown, nevertheless.  I also don't kid myself that this issue is limited to the Golden State, or has anyone here forgotten Charlottesville?

There is hardly a venue where Trump's words and actions haven't created tension, conflict, and too often flat-out violence.  Worse, for two years, there was no counterbalance to his actions, either from the Legislative or Judicial Branches of the government.  Now with the House of Representatives in Democratic hands, there is some degree of check to at least some of Trump's initiatives, but with Mitch McConnell in the Senate, it is entirely possible that no legislation of any genuine importance to the people is liable to get a fair airing.

The solution, I would say, is intuitively obvious.  It isn't easy and it will take time and effort and pain, but the answer remains plain: they both gotta go.

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China has long been the world’s most populated nation. It has also long placed the lowest value on life.

Is it causation, correlation, or both?

What is it in the USA?

In China, I think it's the plain and simple fact that for them, life is literally CHEAP, but I don't think that has anything to do with the situation of hate crime in the US.  Here, rather than having China's largely homogeneous population, we have a considerable mix of ethnicities and heritages, with some people of some backgrounds thinking either that they're better than others or, for one reason or another, feeling threatened by the fact of difference in their presence.  Put flatly: xenophobia.

Add to that a president who shows all the markers of siding with the bullies and the bigots, and those who want to arrogate primacy to themselves without justification start coming out of the woodwork, right on cue.  I've already commented on this in the wake of the assault on the Tree of Life Synagogue, and that is but one example among too many showing up in our news media of late.  THAT is the point of this piece: that there are those who want difference to create dissension and use Trump's behavior as permission to do so, and that such incidents are on the rise.

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