There have been some news reports including a front-page story in USA Today about a rise in hate crimes happening around the nation these past few days.
This is very different from political protests and marches that we've seen in several cities following the election. Those are people exercising their right to express fears, frustration and anger, but they are not tinged with any signs of racism or anti-Semitism.
The hate crimes, which USA Today attributes partly to people emboldened by the racist undertone of Trump campaign rallies, have taken the form of swastikas and "Make America White Again" painted in public parks and playgrounds, and signs in or near schools and universities proclaiming "Go back to Africa" and "Whites Only." Totally unacceptable and totally un-American.
Now is the time for the president-elect to step up and roundly condemn actions like these. He said he wants to be the president for all Americans. Then he should not wait until newspapers begin printing editorials urging him to speak out against this. He must act now and do it in a statement to the people through the media -- like a news conference -- rather than via Twitter. It's much too important to be relegated to 140 characters.
I know he must be very busy now, but speaking out against such hate should be a top priority that cannot wait.