Post-election note to El Cajon business: 'BE PREPARED TO GO BACK TO YOUR COUNTRY WITH ISIS'

The Southern Poverty Law Center released a report Tuesday that said 867 hate incidents were reported to the organization in the 10 days after the election.

In the ten days following the election of Donald Trump as president, the U.S. saw a "national outbreak of hate" — 867 reported incidents, according to a report released Tuesday by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Ninety-nine of those incidents happened in California and nine in the San Diego area, according to data from the Southern Poverty Law Center. The share of reported incidents for both California and San Diego are roughly equivalent to the areas' shares of the U.S. population, according to U.S. Census data.


Of the San Diego incidents, three were anti-immigrant, according to data from the Southern Poverty Law Center. Three were anti-black. One incident was anti-Muslim, one was anti-LGBT, and one was pro-white nationalist.

The report provides details for only one of the local incidents. According to the report, a business in El Cajon received a note that said, "BE PREPARED TO GO BACK TO YOUR COUNTRY WITH ISIS…DONALD TRUMP WILL KICK ALL OF YOUR ASS BACK WHERE YOU CAME FROM."


Nationwide, close to 30 percent of the incidents were considered anti-immigrant by the report.

In one such incident, a 10-year-old boy in Hermosa Beach, California, was told by a middle-aged white man whom he did not know to "get the f--- out" of the country. The man also called the boy a "beaner."

"At this point, it is not enough for Trump to look in the camera and say 'Stop it!' to the harassers, as he did on '60 Minutes.' Nor is it enough for him to simply 'disavow' the white supremacists who see him as their champion, as he did at The (New York) Times," the report says. "If he is to make good on the first promise he made as the president-elect — his pledge to 'bind the wounds of division' in our country — he must repair the damage that his campaign has caused. Rather than feign ignorance, he must acknowledge that his own words have opened 'wounds of division' in our country."

Twenty-three of the hate incidents reflected animosity toward Trump or his supporters. His campaign headquarters in Denver was vandalized with the word "No" the day after the election, as one example given in the report.


The Southern Poverty Law Center also recently surveyed teachers about the effect of the election in their classrooms.

More than 10,000 teachers responded to the survey, according to the report. Nine out of 10 said that the election had negatively affected their classrooms, and eight in 10 reported heightened anxiety among immigrant, Muslim, African-American and students who are LGBT or lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

Four out of 10 said that they'd heard derogatory language directed at those student groups.


During a news conference at the Islamic Center of Southern California in Los Angeles on Monday, Muslim Public Affairs Council President Salam Al-Marayati called for the person behind threatening letters sent to mosques in California and Georgia to come forward and talk with Muslims face to face. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles)