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.


Gender discrimination in India

Sex selection before birth and subsequent neglect of the female child, has led to males outnumbering to females India. There are 1029 women to 1000 men in North America and 1076 women per 1000 men in Europe, but there the latest figures show only 914 women to 1000 men in India.[5] These numbers tell a story of neglect and mistreatment of the female child in India.

There are two main inequalities as pointed out by: educational inequality and health inequality. In India irrespective of the caste, creed, religion and social status, the overall status of women is lower than men and a male child is preferred over a female child. Education and health care are important social indicators to measure equality. New figures point out that the use of new technology that allows determination of gender before birth contributes to abortion of female fetuses. Due to the widespread use of this technology the Indian Government has banned the sex determination before birth. In spite of these bans imposed by the Government, the law is not widely followed.

In Western nations women typically live about six years longer than men, but this is not true in India. Evidence shows that girls are given less food and health care than boys. Girls are breastfed for shorter periods, given less medical attention, fewer consultations and visits to the doctor, and are often taken very late to the hospital in an emergency.

The female child’s status is the product of general societal attitude towards women at large in India. Girls in India face higher risks of malnutrition, disease, disability, and retardation of growth and development. They have no access to or control over the resources because their work toward raising a family and in the household chores is undervalued. A popular saying is, “Bringing up a daughter is like watering a plant in another’s courtyard.” Due to this belief, she is considered a liability and is deprived of good nutrition. According to a global study, India is the fourth most dangerous country for a female child in the world.

Experts argue that women’s education is the key to reducing discrimination against girls. And in India the female literacy rate in has risen from 15 to 54%, even as the juvenile sex ratio has fallen, but girls are often deprived an education. The number of girls dropping out of school far exceeds the boys because girls are expected to help at home. Nearly 80% of girls drop out between standards I to V. Out of 100 girls who enroll in the first year of school, only 42 reach class V. Among those who live below poverty line only 19 of 100 girls reach class V. The Huffington Post found that many women in rural areas are burdened with responsibilities like taking care of the family, running of the home, therefore the only convenient job outside the home is farming.

India is both the land of Indira Gandhi and of child brides and dowry deaths.

The government has taken some well-meaning, if controversial, steps to advance the positions of women, such as the recent decision to develop an all-women’s bank. But to really overcome gender inequality, India will require changes to its society that are more than cosmetic.

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This article in Bustle offers six organizations to which you can contribute to help the women and girls of India.


Good News

Thousands of Indian doctors are fighting sexism by delivering baby girls for free. One man, Dr. Ganesh Rakh started a movement. Since this compassionate doctor initiated his efforts to challenge sexism seven years ago, 17,000 other medical officials have joined him on his mission to change public perception of giving birth to baby girls.

In light of Indian families berating mothers for giving birth to girls instead of boys, Dr. Rakh started delivering female babies for free. While convincing other doctors and nurses to follow his example, the practice has become widely endorsed by other Indian doctors and nurses alike.

As well as annulling the procedure, which usually costs about $300 to $400, Dr. Rakh’s hospital staff has also made a habit of presenting the birth mother with flowers, smiles, song, and cake. This helps to encourage the family into behaving properly and making the mother feel special.

“A few rupees damages no one but makes a difference to changing people’s mentality,” said the 41-year-old doctor. “Of course I am losing out financially but how will anything change unless we all do our bit?”

Dr. Rakh, who has a daughter himself, says he doesn’t plan to stop his discounts until India changes its ferocious opinion of women for the better.


The state of Black women in the USA

The following information is from Colorlines, an online source I recommend we all read regularly.

“Black Women in the US 2017: Moving Our Agenda forward in a Post-Obama Era” taps the opinions of more than 200,000 Black women to determine their top equity priorities. The Roundtable analyzed data from available sources and talked to Black women across the country via polls, town hall meetings and forums. The biggest takeaways from the listening tour and polls, as identified by the Roundtable, are:

  • There are large, untapped communities of motivated, passionate Black women leaders that are committed to advocating to improve conditions in their communities. They are seeking safe, collaborative spaces where they can work with others who share their values and respect their time and contributions. The Southern Region shows particularly untapped promise.
  • Black communities in the South are hard hit by more than a decade of public policy assaults including deep cuts in public programs, but these impacts are often ignored by the press, politicians and even many progressive coalitions. For example, Black women and their families are more likely to be negatively affected by funding cuts because as workers, they are disproportionately more likely to be employed in the public sector. Attacks on public workers, public benefits and civil rights are all examples where Black women are disproportionately targeted.
  • Although the South is hard hit by adverse public policies, it is also home to some of the most cutting edge, savvy organizing in the country.

The report features narratives that delve into the challenges facing Black women complete with the stories of real people that illustrate how they face those trials. It covers everything from health to human trafficking to education to entrepreneurship.

“The current polarized political climate requires us to find innovative ways to move our public policy agenda forward in our quest to empower Black women and their families to live their best lives,” Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO of NCBCP said at an event marking the release of the study. “We plan to share these findings and recommendations with members of the 115th Congress and the Trump Administration.”

Meanwhile…

There are tens of thousands of Black women missing in the United States. According to a report issued in the summer of 2014, the number was 64,000 missing. The Black and Missing but not Forgotten organization continues to do everything it can to help locate these missing people.

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Donate to the Black and Missing but not Forgotten organization here.


Good News

Pilots Dawn Cook and Stephanie Johnson made history for Delta Air Lines in February. Capt. Stephanie Johnson and First Office Dawn Cook were at the helm of an Airbus A320 flying from Detroit to Las Vegas when the duo became the first African American women to make up the cockpit crew on one of Delta’s “mainline” flights. 

After they arrived in Las Vegas as the pilots of Flight 555, Cook posted a photo of the two on Facebook to commemorate the occasion. Delta confirmed the fact.

Johnson previously had secured a Delta milestone by becoming the airline’s first African-American female captain.


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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