(CNN) — There have been more than 300 cases of harassment and intimidation in the U.S. since the presidential election. That’s according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, who says the targets were often Muslims.
After the tide-shifting presidential election, messages of hate, some invoking President-elect Trump’s campaign rhetoric, have emerged across the nation.
The day after Trump won, a Muslim in a Seattle suburb found this threatening note at their home: “We won! Now get your ISIS loving family out of this country or we will do it ourselves and make America great again!”
The man and his wife have lived in the U.S. for more than 20 years. Their children were all born here.
“America’s great because this country have allowed a lot of good, knowledgeable people to come here to make America great,” said the man who wish to remain unidentified.
The son who found the note and shredded it, but not before taking a picture of it. He was afraid it would scare his parents.
The father says he is not afraid but remains vigilant and, above all, he wants to protect the most important person in his life — his wife. “Nothing going to happen to her while I’m here. But I’m worried that she’ll be worried. She stays at home most of the day. I don’t want her to be scared.”
When asked if he thought Donald Trump should take some of the blame for the behavior that we’ve seen across the country, he replied “Yeah, he should take some of the blame. … He should actually become a president for all Americans. This is his responsibility. If you want to continue to make this country strong, and the number one country in the world, you cannot bring this weapon down. The strongest weapon you have, being diversity.”
Trump addressed the spate of threats and assaults, telling Lesley Stahl on “60 Minutes,” “I would say don’t do it, that’s terrible, ’cause I’m going to bring this country together.”
The Muslim man hopes the person who wrote the note will see this report and come talk with him.
“I will defend America all the time,” he said. “I will defend Muslims all the time. Ignorance usually creates fear, and fear creates hatred, and hatred creates violence, and violence creates more hatred. And we are going to continue in this cycle until we break it with knowledge.”
And hopefully find some common ground in love of country.