State, schools track bullying of minorities in Trump era

Capital News Service
LANSING — The Department of Civil Rights is working with local school districts to deal with racial and ethnic bias incidents arising after the November election. In November, Civil Rights and the state Department of Education released a statement encouraging schools to review and revise their harassment policies and increase dialogue about diversity. The election of Donald Trump as president was followed by high-profile incidents of intimidation that matched his political statements. Such rhetoric allows for more harassment to happen, said Roberto Torres, the executive director of the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan. Some people see Trump’s statements on immigrants as permission for them to unleash long-held biases.