What about in Prince George’s County Maryland?……HOWARD CO., MD (WUSA9) – More than 400 people packed an auditorium at Howard County Community College Tuesday night to discuss a recent increase in racist incidents in the area.
WUSA9 learned a Howard County student recently wrote a racial slur on social media. There have been other racists acts in the community this year too.
In January, a viral video showed an Ellicott City student calling blacks an “inferior race”.
Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings attended the discussion. He told WUSA9 he believes many racists were emboldened by some of the opinions expressed during 2016 Presidential campaign.
“The election we just went through caused a lot of people who may have had these negative feelings to suddenly begin to express them,” he said.
Columbia resident Jonah Hornum, 18, welcomed the chance to talk about how racism impacts people in his community. He spoke at the event about how some of his fellow students bully him about his Jewish heritage.
“It made me feel upset and disgusted that in 2016 this would happen,” he said.
He said he hoped by telling his story he would be able to stop others from committing offensive acts.
If you see a hate crime in Maryland, you’re encouraged to call a new state hotline at 1-866-481-8361.