On hate crimes, presidential silence is complicity

Tue, 2017-02-28

by Renee Graham | Boston Globe 

REST ASSURED, everybody: President Trump is “deeply disappointed” over the escalating nationwide reports of anti-Semitic bomb threats.

“Deeply disappointed” is an appropriate reaction when the local coffee shop runs out of your favorite cranberry muffins. It is not, however, a remotely adequate response to what has become an alarming flood of terroristic threats against Jewish community centers and schools and the desecration of two Jewish cemeteries in recent weeks. On Monday, nearly 30 JCCs and schools in 17 states received calls about possible bombs, followed by the evacuations of those buildings of children, teachers, and staff, the unnecessary taxing of police departments, and the arrivals of rattled parents hoping that these calls, like dozens before, would also turn out to be cruel hoaxes. Some centers have been evacuated multiple times.

Did I mention that Trump, according to perpetually exasperated White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, is also “concerned” and “continues to condemn these and other forms of anti-Semitic and hateful acts”?