New Report on Post-Election Hate Incidents Shows Oregon at Top of List

Southern Poverty Law Center info paints alarming picture of Pacific Northwest.

The Southern Poverty Law Center on Tuesday released a report about the surge of "hate incidents" in the wake of the Nov. 8 election of Donald Trump.

Using media reports and the organization's own complaint system, the SPLC tallied 867 "hate incidents" in the 10 days after the election. To be counted, the incidents had to take place in the real word—i.e. not on social media.

The most common locations for such incidents were in public spaces, schools and universities and the most common expressions of hatred were anti-immigrant and anti-black sentiments.

"Both the harassment since the election and the energy on the radical right are the predictable results of the campaign that Trump waged for the presidency — a campaign marked by incendiary racial statements, the stoking of white racial resentment, and attacks on so-called 'political correctness,'" the report says.

There were 33 incidents reported in Oregon—a figure that's 10th in the nation. All of the states with more reported incidents have far larger populations than Oregon's four million people.

On a per capita basis, Oregon appears to right at the top of list, although an SPLC spokeswoman said her organization hadn't done that analysis.

Here's the SPLC's map:

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