Series: Hate In Wisconsin

Overt expressions of hatred along lines of race, religion, nationality, ethnicity, sexuality and gender identity surged across the United States during the campaign and following the election of President Donald Trump. While American society has long grappled with discrimination and systemic disparities, attacks on immigrants, Muslims and others have emboldened organized hate groups and bigoted individuals. Wisconsinites have experienced the reemergence of public hate in a variety of forms, in places around the state. Amid this wave of incidents, various educators, elected officials and community groups have continued to push for tolerance and communication in a state that has a long history of immigration and continues to grow more diverse.
 
A May 2017 meeting at Mackesey's Irish Pub in downtown Madison would establish the Wisconsin chapter of an emerging national group called the Proud Boys.
Experts who study hate and bias-related acts say recent anti-Semitic incidents in Wisconsin are part of a nationwide trend that has created tension in communities, schools and workplaces.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks "hate" groups nationwide, has identified nine such groups operating in Wisconsin.
A memorial near the Gates of Heaven synagogue in Madison's James Madison Park was spray-painted with swastikas and a pro-President Donald Trump message in large red letters hours before Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
The Milwaukee Jewish Community Relations Council reported a more than 60 percent rise in the number of anti-Semitic incidents in Wisconsin last year compared to 2015.
A study from the Southern Poverty Law Center shows the number of hate groups in the United States in 2016 increased for the second straight year to 917.
Since the 2016 presidential election, reported incidents of people being targeted for their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and immigration status have been happening more frequently across the United States.
Wisconsin school administrators and teachers say they're on high alert in wake of the presidential election as they make sure their classrooms remain civil and safe for all students.
Anyone who has spent much time with young children knows they have a way of forming their own ideas about the world around them, no matter what lessons family and teachers try to instill. Kids also can pick up on things that adults would rather they not.
Patrick Sims and Kenneth Cole
Over the last year, UW-Madison students have tenaciously sought to build a conversation about racism at the state's flagship university.