Since the election of #Donald Trump, reports of hate crimes have increased in the United States. With a portion of Trump's voting basis exposing themselves as angry white conservatives, minority groups have been on guard since Election Day.
While Donald Trump was able increase support with several minority groups compared to previous Republican presidential candidates, the largest voting bloc that gave him support was white conservatives. The rise of the alt-right, a sub-section of conservatives who push back at mainstream Republicans, have been accused of being dominated by white supremacists that has given energy to the newly minted movement. A reported by Raw Story on November 28, a troubling incident occurred on Sunday night that involved an angry white Trump supporter, and two African-American workers.
At a #Michaels craft store in Chicago Sunday night, a woman was asked to purchase a reusable bag for a $1 by one of cashiers. The woman, who was white, went off on the cashier, who was African-American. "I voted for Trump, so there," the lady screamed, who was caught on a cell phone camera. "You want to kick me out for that? And look who won," she continued.
"I was just discriminated against by two black women, and you being a white woman, you’re literally thinking that that’s okay?," the lady said to the white woman filming the incident. "You standing there with your baby thinking that’s okay?" the angry woman wondered. "You're a liar," she continued, before shouting, "I don't care, because I'm a consumer."
The Michaels'' altercation is just one of many examples that have occurred in recent weeks since the big win by the billionaire real estate mogul. While Donald Trump has disavowed any racism or attacks of racial intent, many critics still believe that not enough is being done by the former host of "The Apprentice" to ease tensions.
As Donald Trump attempts to put issues of race behind him, he has less than two months until he is sworn in as the nation's next commander in chief. Trump has received criticism for some of his recent cabinet picks, most notably #Steve Bannon, the executive chair of Breitbart News, who has been accused of being a white nationalist and an anti-Semite, though he denies any wrongdoing.