In Wake of Donald Trump’s Election, Campuses Experience Surge in Hate Acts

Updated: Apr 30, 2019

On November 16, 2016, Endangered Scholars Worldwide transmitted a letter of protest to US President-elect Donald Trump's office regarding the ongoing and increasing severity of threats made against students and faculty members based on their race or religion.

Dear President-Elect Trump,

Endangered Scholars Worldwide is deeply concerned about the escalating number of incidents of aggression experienced by students, faculty, and staff in educational institutions across the country after the U.S presidential elections.


The ongoing and increasing severity of threats made against students and faculty members based on their race or religion have added to grave concerns about the ability of scholars, intellectuals, and students to work safely in American educational settings, particularly at the university level, where education is elective.

On Saturday, November 12, 2016, swastikas were discovered on four dorm rooms at The New School, home to Endangered Scholars Worldwide and the original University in Exile, the academic home given to scholars threatened by the Nazi rise to power in 1933. On the same day, two bathrooms at Reed College's library in Oregon were defaced with racist, homophobic, antiSemitic and proTrump graffitis.


There have been similar incidents across the U.S. in the wake of the presidential election. Most of the cases appear to involve graffiti or violence directed at racial or ethnic minorities. In some reports the perpetrators indicated support for President-elect Donald Trump. Some of the cases were reported by police, however, many more appeared on social media as anecdotes, and not all have been i