In the days leading up to and following Election Day, there has been an increase in reports of hate crimes against Muslims, African Americans, Asians, gays and women. Churches have been vandalized.
An African American church in Greenville, Miss., burned in what the fire chief deemed arson; “Vote Trump” was spray painted on the side of the building (top). In Silver Spring, Md., the Episcopal Church of Our Savior, which has a large immigrant population, was vandalized with a message that read, “Trump Nation, Whites Only” (bottom).
Vandals spray-painted a swastika, a gay slur, and the phrase “Heil Trump” on the sides of St. David’s Episcopal Church in central Indiana. The Rev. Kelsey Hutto told the Washington Post they will leave the graffiti up as a message to those who feel threatened: “If anybody in the surrounding area - or even country - sees these and knows that we were targeted because we’re inclusive and they need a safe space, then they know that St. David’s is a safe space.”