New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered the state police to create a special unit for hate crimes to protect citizens following an uptick in racially motivated incidents after Donald Trump won the presidential election.
“I come to you this morning with a heavy heart. The ugly political discourse of the election did not end on Election Day, in many ways it has gotten worse, into a social crisis that now challenges our identity as a state and as a nation and our people,” Gov. Cuomo said while speaking at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem on Sunday.
He told the congregation, “Now I am not alone. There are many who are soul sick for their America. There are young and old who feel alienated, disrespected and confused by what they hear.”
“We can now begin to understand what the Old Testament meant, when it said, ‘They that sow the wind, shall reap the whirlwind.’ We are in a whirlwind of hate and division all across this country,” he said.
He went on to cite alarming statistics from the Southern Poverty Law Center about the rise in hate crimes in the week following Donald Trump’s election. Cuomo said, “437 incidents of intimidation targeting blacks and people of color, as well as Muslims, immigrants, women and members of the LGBT community.”
“I wish I could say our beautiful state of New York was immune from this poison but it’s not. Fliers promoting the KKK were found on parked cars in Patchogue, Long Island. A swastika was discovered on the B Train in Manhattan. In Wellsville, outside of Buffalo, someone painted a swastika surrounded by the words ‘Make America White Again.’”