When Port St Lucie (Florida) Police approached Richard Leslie Lloyd, 64, he nonchalantly announced that he was setting the shopfront on fire to ‘run the Arabs out of the country’.
Lloyd was hoping by setting a garbage bin on fire he would ignite a bigger blaze targeting the store — fortunately, the attack was unsuccessful.
To add further confusion, the shop owners were of Indian descent, putting to bed Lloyd’s xenophobic and narrow-minded motivations.
Apparently the intended target was a completely different business.
Regardless, it’s fundamentally backwards to execute violence towards others based on race, colour, ancestry, national origin, ethnicity or religion.
Lloyd remained certain he was ‘doing his part for America’ by carrying out the attack.
Read more at Al Jazeera
The attack is just one in a recent string of assaults targeting minorities in the US.
Since the election of President Trump, news and social media outlets have exploded with reports of racist taunts, acts of intimidation and other hate-fuelled attacks (some being fatal).
The Southern Poverty Law Centre, collected reports of bias-related harassment and intimidation around the country following the election.
While reports are slowing, the Centre recorded over 1000 incidents from November 9 to December 12, 2016.
Online daily magazine, Slate are also compiling a list titled ‘Hate in America’, documenting individual incidents of racism, misogyny, Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, anti-Semitism, and anti-immigrant sentiment, as seen reported.
Their page is updated periodically with new information and reports.
Access the updating list here.
Featured below are a distinct handful of incidents since late February, this year.
Two men attacked by anti-gay, knife-wielding man in New York City
The suspect, who can be seen in police footage, slashed the 34-year-old man across the face and then stabbed the younger man in the right side of his torso before slashing his right shoulder, police said.
— DNAinfo Bedford-Stuyvesant, Mar 8 2017
Sikh man in Washington shot in his own driveway
Kent police are looking for a gunman who allegedly walked onto a man’s driveway and shot him, saying “Go back to your own country.” The victim, a 39-year-old Sikh man, was working on his vehicle in his driveway in Kent’s East Hill neighborhood about 8 p.m. Friday when he was approached by an unknown man, Kent police said.
— Seattle Times, Mar 4, 2017
Swastika carved into Lorain, Ohio synagogue door
The swastika was placed by a door of the Agudath B’nai Israel Synagogue, also known as the Lorain Jewish Synagogue, on Meister Road between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, the Lorain police report states. A vandal also carved the words “We will rise and gas you b—-,” the report says.
— Cleveland.com, Mar 6, 2017
Shot fired into Indiana synagogue window
“Someone had to walk into a children’s playground, then look into a classroom and then fire some sort of weapon. It was to inflict damage, but I think more importantly, (the person) tried to inflict fear,” [Rabbi Gary Mazo] said. “We’re in this climate now where acts of hate are happening everywhere.”
—Evansville Courier & Press, Feb 28, 2017
Kansas man accused of shooting three, killing an Indian man, after shouting “Get out of my country”
At least one witness reportedly heard the man yell “get out of my country” shortly before shooting Kuchibhotla and Madasani. The man fled on foot. A manhunt ensued. Five hours later, Purinton reportedly told a bartender in Clinton, Mo., that he needed a place to hide out because he had just killed two Middle Eastern men, The Star has learned. The bartender called police, and Purinton was arrested without incident, Assistant Clinton Police Chief Sonny Lynch said.
— Kansas City Star, Feb 23, 2017
Arizona teacher quits after offensive immigration tweets
Bonnie Verne, a third-grade teacher, apparently admitted to the tweets, school officials said. “Why deport? Just kill them” one read. “Or we can just put a bullet in their head immediately” another read.
— KPNX 12, Feb 21, 2017