Recent hate crimes are motivated by fear, professor says - WSMV News 4

Recent hate crimes are motivated by fear, professor says

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A transgender woman says her truck was burned and Donald Trump's name was spray painted on it. (WSMV) A transgender woman says her truck was burned and Donald Trump's name was spray painted on it. (WSMV)
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Since last week’s election the Southern Poverty Law Center reports more than 300 racially and ethnically motivated hate crimes have been committed around the United States, and many of them involved the use of Donald Trump’s name.

In Middle Tennessee, swastikas have been carved into churches, a transgender woman’s truck has been burned and tagged with Trump’s name, and the words “Make AmeriKKKa Great Again Trump 2016” have been written on a poster along Interstate 65.

Lipscomb professor and social scientist Dr. Chris Gonzalez believes all of the hatred is motivated by fear.

“Some space has been created for something to be voiced where there isn’t going to be push back on it like maybe there had been before,” Gonzalez told Channel 4. “If you want to get to the real root of it, I think it’s fear.”

Gonzalez has been following the growing number of hate crimes reported since last week’s election. He said it’s important to remember only a small fraction of the population is willing to commit hate crimes.

“The people who are doing these things are fringe people,” he added. “There’s not a ton of them but there’s now more than there were.”

A lot of these criminals’ fear comes from facing people with differences, said Gonzalez. He also believes they’re scared of change.

“Everybody will be a minority at some point,” he said. “There’s a tension in that. That’s a broad point but there’s a tension in that and it’s growing.”

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