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.
White Supremacy* Losing Ground?
Evidence of slippage:
- The white supremacist group National Policy Institute has lost its tax-exempt status. National Policy Institute director and white supremacist organizer Richard Spencer has seemingly overlooked the filing of his organization’s taxes for three consecutive years. As a result, the IRS has revoked the National Policy Institute’s tax-exempt status.
After the Los Angeles Times inquired as to whether Spencer had filed proper paperwork to fund raise in Virginia, the so-called think tank lost its tax-exempt status.
- In New Orleans, monument to white terrorism finally falls. The city of New Orleans finally removed the Battle of Liberty Place statue. Since 1891 a monument celebrating white terrorism stood in the heart of New Orleans. The monument celebrated an attempt by the white supremacist terrorist group the White League to overthrow the government during Reconstruction, and to return the city to being ruled by white oppression. New Orleans’ decision to remove the Battle of Liberty Place statue is a step in the right direction. Read more about this removal here.
* White supremacy definition: noun. The belief that white people are superior to those of all other races, especially the black race, and should therefore dominate society.
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First 100 Days of Trump Presidency
He has claimed a lot of things, has taken credit for job increases that he didn’t create, and more. To keep it real, just read The New York Times article, which fact-checked everything President Trump claimed in his speech after 100 days in office.
Continue your resistance. Stay on top of what your Members of Congress (MoC) are doing by using the Government Tracker. Use #ResistBot to help you contact your MoC. Join Jen Hofmann’s checklist to learn of weekly direct actions, and do them.
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