What Must Be Done In The Wake Of Escalating Hate Crimes

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5 min readNov 13, 2016

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By Oset Babur

It seems that the rapidly escalating reports of hate crimes since Tuesday’s presidential election hadn’t sufficiently lanced the psychological hate-blisters for the students of Babson College, whose campus is located just a few minutes down the road from Hillary Clinton’s alma mater of Wellesley.

On Wednesday, two Babson students — Edward Tomasso and Parker Rand-Ricciardi — drove through Wellesley’s campus in a pick-up truck, brandishing a Trump flag. They hurled insults at students, screamed and jeered, and finally parked in front of Harambee House, a space for students of African descent. When a student bravely asked them to leave, the two men spit at her and shouted, “Make America Great Again!”

The news first broke when Sydney Robertson, Wellesley class of 2017, posted a Facebook status with a Snapchat video of the two students boasting about how they had been banned from campus for harassing, humiliating, and intimidating women of color. “This is not my America,” Robertson’s status read. “This is Trump’s America filled with hate and bigotry. This is what he has provoked . . . they cannot get away with this.”

But it seems they might. Babson College’s administration has yet to take action to hold these men responsible and set a precedent we desperately need…

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