Even decorated police officers are becoming victims of racial offensives after Donald Trump was elected president.
Hate crimes in New York are up 115 percent since Election Day and Muslim police officers – who have also become blatant victims of bigotry — are requesting a meeting with Trump to discuss the spike in racial assaults in New York.
This is an unprecedented request for an incoming president who many feel is responsible for creating a platform for white supremacists.
NYPD Officer Aml Elsoskary is one of the cops asking to meet with Trump after she and her son were verbally assaulted last weekend in Brooklyn.
“I became a police officer to show a positive side of a New Yorker, a Muslim woman who can do the job,” Elsoskary said. “I know that New Yorkers are going to be there to help me and be supportive. And I have faith in everybody’s support.”
Officials say a man approached Elsokary, who was off-duty and wearing a hijab, and threatened to cut her throat after invoking ISIS. He also told her to “go back to your country.”
Nobody should have to encounter this kind of bigotry on city streets – or anywhere — and the irony is that Elsokary was cited for heroism two years ago after she rescued two people from a burning building.
“I was sick to my stomach when I heard that one of our officers was subjected to threats and taunting simply because of her faith,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters.
It makes me sick to my stomach, too. Think about these statistics: The NYPD says there have been at least 43 bias attacks since Election Day, compared to 20 during the same time last year. More than half the incidents — 24, according to officials — have been anti-Semitic.
De Blasio correctly says Trump’s speeches during the presidential campaign are to blame for the spike in racial crimes.
“We could lose lives because of this, and so the temperature has to be brought down,” de Blasio told reporters. “We’re going to do this by showing positive examples to people.”
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a former NYPD police officer, wrote a letter to Trump on Elsokary’s behalf.
“I hope that you will accept my request for you to meet with NYPD officer Aml Elsokary, a native Brooklynite who, along with her 16-year-old son, was the victim of a hate crime in her neighborhood,” Adams wrote.
“The 900 Muslim-American members of our nation’s largest police department, part of a greater law enforcement fraternity that encompasses thousands of our citizens and their families, deserve guidance on how they will be protected amid this uncertain national climate, just as they protect our streets every day,” Adams wrote.
“Moreover the welfare of these officers speaks to the greater welfare of the millions of law-abiding Muslim-Americans, many of whom are fearful at this critical juncture in our history,” he added.
The man accused of making the threat against Elsokary, Christopher Nelson, 36, was arrested and charged with a felony hate crime.
Trump should meet with Elsokary and other Muslim police officers with the NYPD. The nation has become more racially polarized since Trump was elected president although he claims he will be a commander-in-chief for all Americans.
If Trump is not part of the solution – which he hasn’t shown so far — then he continues to be part of the problem.