Three Hate Crimes in One Week Shock America

At present, the U.S. mid-term election is drawing to an end, but hate crimes caused by ethnic conflicts, religious conflicts and party conflicts have occurred frequently

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Sarah Goodman, a Queens resident, participates in a candle light vigil in memory of the victims of the mass shooting at Tree Of Life Synagogue on the steps of Queens Borough Hall, October 29, 2018Credit: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP

Thirteen people dead and many others injured in three hate crimes last week in the United States, causing concerns over the current political environment that is believed to fuel the hates.

The worst among the three is that a gunman entered a synagogue in Pittsburgh and opened fire on Saturday morning, killing 11 people and injuring six others, including four police officers who tried to apprehend him. Analysts pointed out that the violent attacks and the attitude of government on the incident might lead to a wrong direction.

"The anti-semitic attacks, plus generally hate crimes, have been on the rise even though overall violent crime is down, and so there is some concern that the tone that's being set from the top in this country is kind of taking the lid off and giving people permission to act out in these horrible ways," said Eleanor Clift, a political analyst.

Local residents are mourning for the loss of the town by placing flowers at the synagogue.

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Three hate crimes in one week shock America

"I'm not Jewish, I'm actually Catholic, but I grew up here and it's everybody's town, and it's very diverse and everybody is one. So we're all feeling it, it doesn't matter what religion you are, it's a hate beyond description," said Lisa.

Gregory Bush, 51, shot two African Americans dead in Louisville, Kentucky, on Wednesday, and the suspect was arrested by police later.

In the same week, U.S. officials intercepted 13 mail bombs sent to the famous democrats including former President Barak Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc, a staunch supporter of Donald Trump was arrested for hate crime.

At present, the U.S. mid-term election is drawing to an end, but hate crimes caused by ethnic conflicts, religious conflicts and party conflicts have occurred frequently. In addition to the gun problem that has not been solved for a long time, more and more people are worried about the status quo in America society.

Asked why there are so many hate crimes in the United States, a resident in Pittsburgh said that she thinks the political rhetoric coming out of the current administration should be blamed for the tragedies.

President Trump condemned the shooting case in Pittsburgh synagogue, saying that there is no problem with the existing U.S. gun laws and suggesting that Pittsburgh synagogue hire armed guards. His remarks came under instant criticism.

"That's his [Trump] solution, that is not the rest of the country's solution. The normal American person does not feel that way," said the resident in Pittsburgh. "Because of what has happened, more people will be persuaded to vote and to use their voice to say this is not the America that we want, and I think you will see more voters coming out."