Bob Ross, the president of the Prince George’s County chapter of the NAACP recently told the AFRO that his organization is dealing with several cases of racial prejudice.

Bob Ross, the president of the Prince George’s County chapter of the NAACP. (Courtesy Photo)

According to Ross, the cases, including a dispute between two neighbors and a class action suit involving Latino and an African American police officer, are a direct result of President Donald J. Trump’s divisive campaign and election. On Nov. 13 an FBI report announced that the number of hate crimes in 2016 jumped by 5 percent from the previous year and about half of the 6,121 incidents were motivated by race. There were 5,121 hate crime incidents in 2015.

“After the election of President Trump people feel emboldened,” Ross said in reference to the report.

The report, which was based on voluntary reporting from nearly 16,000 US law enforcement agencies, marks a disturbing two year trend across the country.

In addition to national statistics, Ross said the NAACP filed a complaint against American Airlines in September because they received reports that company employees were discriminating against people of color.

“This reminds me of the past, during this Holiday season we don’t need to  change things but we need to be mindful of what is going on,” Ross said.