Fight This Hate: A Weekly Roundup

Fight this Hate shows a small selection of hate crimes and/or harassment that has taken place recently in the United States. Southern Poverty Law Center keeps detailed accounts of hate crimes. Colorlines tracks all manner of topics related to race and publishes them daily. The following incidents are only a small sample, and each includes a form of direct action.


Hate Crimes against Jews

According to the New York Police Department, hate crimes against Jews have more than doubled in 2017, compared to the same time period in 2016. The Jewish Telegraphic Society (JTA) has reported on anti-Semitic incidents following the election, including acts of vandalism featuring swastikas in the New York subway, and Donald Trump-related themes left in public areas and on the homes of Jewish individuals. Also, three separate strings of bomb threats have targeted Jewish community centers across the country.

President Trump, when asked in his press conference about the “sharp rise in anti-Semitic incidents across the United States,” chose to boast about his Electoral College win, pointing to his Jewish daughter’s family and promising that “you’re going to see a lot of love.” He continued: “Number one, I am the least anti-Semitic person that you’ve ever seen in your entire life.”

FIGHT BACK:

Support the Southern Poverty Law Center. They actively collect hate crime information, document it, and make a hate crime map.

Support Colorlines. They are fighting hate on multiple fronts.

Muslims and Jews are banding together to fight hate in coalitions across the country. 


Police Kill Blacks More Often than Whites

 A study published in the January 2017 edition of “Criminology and Public Policy,” analyzed the 991 police killings logged in The Washington Post’s 2015 police killings database. Researchers Justin Nix and Bradley A. Campbell of the University of Louisville, among others, tested for variables like mental illness and crime rates in communities, but implicit bias stood out as the main perpetrator, Nix told Wired.

In 2016, the US saw 963 people killed by the police. As of February 16th, another 146 have been killed.

The study cited above shows that police are more than twice as likely to kill a black person compared to white persons. In addition, white people are more than twice as likely to have attacked police officers or other people when they were killed by the police.

FIGHT BACK:

Be aware you have a right to film police. There are free apps available you can use to film police misconduct. The ACLU app sends your video directly to the ACLU.

 


Sandra de Helen, author of the lesbian thriller Till Darkness Comes also pens the Shirley Combs/Dr. Mary Watson series. She is a poet, journalist, and a playwright. Her plays have been produced in the Philippines, Ireland and Canada, Chicago, New York City, and in thirteen states. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and the Dramatists Guild. Her books are available online, at Another Read Through Bookstore in Portland, Oregon, and Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in San Diego. Samples of her work are available on her website.

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