Americans have taken to social media to detail racist and hateful encounters they say they experienced the day after Donald Trump won the presidential election.
A Twitter moment titled “Day 1 In Trump’s America” bills itself as a “collection of tweets about racist episodes [people of color] are facing now that Trump is our President Elect.”
Insanul Ahmed, who is a senior editor at Genius, created the moment. Ahmed told TheWrap that he started compiling the stories because Twitter “needed a single place that had all of these stories” and “to highlight the reality that we’re facing for people who don’t have to experience” being on the receiving end of hate.
Ahmed continued: “I wanted it to be a warning to POC, minorities, women, etc. that there is a real potential for danger that we all have to confront and we can only do it together — which is why I was sure to include stories from different groups and from all over the nation.”
These are unfiltered stories people shared, not confirmed by law enforcement or TheWrap. (One false report on Wednesday hurt everyone by giving ammunition to people inclined to deny all accounts of racist attacks.)
However, together Trump’s America paints a picture of citizens who feel threatened and unsafe under the new administration, because they think bigots are emboldened by Trump’s win.
“I’m still at my day job and haven’t had time to corroborate all these stories, though two of them are from friends. I’m honestly unsure that could even be done because many of these instances happened when no one was around or too quickly. That said, I do have Trump supporters in my mentions telling me all of the stories must be fake,” Ahmed said. “Most of the stories I saw seemed too specific to be made up.”
Check out some of the tweets that have been included in “Trump’s America.”
As I'm stopped at a gas station this morning, a group of guys yell over: "Time to get out of this country, Apu!"
— Manik R (@ManikRathee) November 9, 2016
I have a scarf on. Passed by someone on the platform today and he says, "Your time's up, girlie."
— Mehreen Kasana (@mehreenkasana) November 9, 2016
Not even 24 hours yet. My friend's sister, who is Muslim, had a knife pulled on her by a Trump supporter while on the bus by UIUC campus.
— Sarah A. Harvard (@amyharvard_) November 9, 2016
Someone on the streets of LA just yelled at one of my girl's Latina coworkers to "go back where you came from." #TrumpsAmerica
— Alex Gale (@AlexGale) November 9, 2016
2/2 and this attitude and hate is sanctioned by the government in this country pic.twitter.com/aX6oufk0xD
— Ashley Wagamonster (@wagamonster) November 9, 2016
My mom literally just texted me "don't wear the Hijab please" and she's the most religious person in our family….
— jannatinㅤ (@harryonmen) November 9, 2016
My mom and my sister are actually having the conversation on whether or not they should continue wearing hijab for their own safety
— Sulaiman (@Mcbrownie) November 9, 2016
3 of my muslims friends, whom i've never seen without a hijab before, came to school without them today, because they were afraid.
— claude (@claudiafavelaa) November 9, 2016
— Sunny☀️ (@sunnysayed_) November 9, 2016
— veryhardworkinggirl (@dorota98765) November 10, 2016
— Avarice Gambino (@Pinocchio_Lies) November 10, 2016
I walked into my room and my heart aches with pain. pic.twitter.com/GFD5gBmPmD
— María Sanchez (@TRmariasanchez) November 10, 2016
Text from a dear friend of mine who teaches high school in *New Jersey*. ("Changing" obviously a typo for "chanting" here.) pic.twitter.com/pZT4HmyVuz
— Damon Beres ✨ (@dlberes) November 9, 2016