Ugliness sprouting up across country after Donald Trump's election win

Three days after the presidential election, the state of the union is raw.


Incident in Chicago

In Chicago, a white man was beaten after a traffic dispute with some African Americans in another car. In the background, people celebrate a Trump voter getting pummeled.

But there is plenty of nastiness to go around.

Middle schoolers chanted “build the wall” in Royal Oak, Michigan, leaving Latino students in tears.

And students at a York, Pennsylvania high school chanted “white power” while holding a Trump-Pence sign.

Online, similar accounts are piling up: Swastikas in Philadelphia; Familiar sexist vulgarities in College Station, Texas; Calls for gay families to burn in hell in North Carolina.

“#WhitesOnly” may be the least offensive thing written on a door at a high school in Maple Grove, Minnesota.

“I was shocked, I was shocked because you know, I didn’t believe this could happen in Maple Grove and Maple Grove Senior High,” said Fred Ndip, whose son Ateh is a junior at the school. Ndip moved his family to Minnesota from Cameroon.


Fred Ndip, left, and Ateh Ndip

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So far, President-elect Donald Trump has offered his thoughts in a tweet: “We will all come together and be proud.”

On Friday afternoon, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Trump said “I want a country that loves each other.” He added that the best way to ease tensions would be “to bring in jobs.”

When asked if his rhetoric had gone too far in the campaign, he answered, “No. I won.”

If there is a hopeful sign to be found, maybe it is in Durham, North Carolina. Graffiti written there after the election that said “Black lives don’t matter and neither does your vote,” got a good scrubbing by David Young among others.

“Its only intention is to be bothersome. It’s not to uplift and it’s not to make something better, and that’s what we need right now,” Young said.

  • Jim Axelrod

    Jim Axelrod is the senior national correspondent for CBS News, reporting for "CBS This Morning," the "CBS Evening News," "CBS Sunday Morning," and other CBS News broadcasts.