The day following Donald Trump's presidential election victory, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) office in Anaheim received a flurry of phone calls. People reported anti-Muslim hate incidents to the civil-rights group from all over Southern California, whether they happened at schools, workplaces, on the street or at a shopping plaza. And the calls haven't let up since, a harsh prelude of a Trump presidency.
"What we've seen in the past week is worse than what we've ever seen in any other week of time," says CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush. "The majority of people that have faced some incidents have not reported them, either because they don't think anything will happen or they are worried about bringing more attention to themselves and their families."