Thursday evening, a student at Villanova University, has said she was attacked by a group of young white men, shouting “Trump, Trump, Trump.” The female student is African American. She detailed her attack to the Radnor Police Department. According to her statement to police, the victim stated that she was walking through a SEPTA tunnel on campus when the men attacked her. Villanova University is also investigating the attack on the student.
A statement issued by Villanova president Rev. Peter M. Donohue said that he is “deeply disturbed by several reports of members of our community using our nation’s political process as a justification for behaviors and language aimed to intimidate or humiliate other people.” The University in a separate statement released that the school “finds this conduct deplorable and considers this racist behavior that runs completely counter to our values.”
This attack is the latest in attacks on minorities since the Presidential election when it was announced that Donald Trump, the GOP nominee, had won. In Philadelphia, on Friday, African American students at the University of Pennsylvania, were sent a group message placing them in a GroupMe page calling for the “Lynching” of African Americans.
On Wednesday, in Philadelphia, Swastikas were drawn on the storefront windows of the abandoned Meglio Furs at Broad and Wharton streets. It was also the 78th anniversary of Kristallnacht, during which Jewish-owned businesses and buildings across Nazi Germany were attacked and destroyed. The graffiti included the name of President Elect Trump. Nancy K. Baron-Baer, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League in a statement said that, “We are horrified by the appearance of hate graffiti on a storefront in South Philadelphia.” Continuing she said, “Swastikas and the Nazi salute send a message of intolerance and hate to the entire community. The fact that today is the 78th anniversary of Kristallnacht adds another layer to this already sickening act.”
Also in Philadelphia, a gay man reported being chased and having bottles thrown at him while out walking in South Philadelphia. The victim, Peter Andrew Danzig is a popular actor and choreographer in the area. It was around 7:45 p.m. Thursday night, when he encountered a group of men who starting calling him names such as “faggot, ‘queer’ and ‘homo.” It then led to Danzig being chased to his home by the same group of men who threw bottles as he ran home. Danzig stated that he has lived in the city for over 10 years and has never had a problem like this before. “I have never been attacked. I’ve never even been verbally abused.”
Danzig was asked if he thought his attack had anything to do with the political upheaval since the election of Donald Trump as President. “I’m not really sure,” he replied. “I honestly can’t tell you. But it’s pretty clear that tensions are high this week and that people feel free to act in ways that they normally wouldn’t have before. People seem to have more permission to act out.”