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SPLC declined to include bias against white students in Trump hate crime report

A supporter of President-elect Donald Trump shows a bumper sticker reading "I am a Deplorable." (Getty Images/Dominick Reuter)

When compiling a list of hate crimes committed since the election, a left-leaning legal organization declined to include racial slurs and other crimes committed against white people, according to the New York Post.

The Southern Poverty Law Center partnered with the American Federation of Teachers, a labor union that endorsed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, to create a questionnaire circulated among educators and administrators. At least 2,000 of the educators who responded to the questionnaire reported instances of bias and racial slurs leveled against white students following Donald Trump's election, the Post found. However, those instances did not make it into the SPLC's final report, "The Trump Effect: The Impact of the 2016 Presidential Election on Our Nation's Schools."

The report did find, however, that of the more than 10,000 educators who responded to the survey, approximately 40 percent "heard derogatory language directed at students of color, Muslims, immigrants and people based on gender or sexual orientation."

The Post reported that when pressed, SPLC spokeswoman Kirsten Bokenkamp said "about 20 percent" of educators affirmatively answered that they had "heard derogatory language or slurs about white students." However, she reportedly did not provide an explanation as to why that data was omitted from the SPLC report.

The Post concluded:

While there no doubt are legitimate reports of hate crimes against minorities — and even one is too many — hyping such incidents recklessly fans the flames of anxiety among such communities. And suppressing reports of crimes against Trump supporters gives a one-sided and misleading view of post-election discord.
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