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.
Violence Against People of Color
In Olathe, Kansas — just outside Kansas City, Missouri, which is a metropolitan city with a 31.23% Black or African American population, but only a .23% Asian Indian population, some white people might be confused on exactly what the ethnicity of brown people could be. Apparently this was the case when Adam Purinton told Srinivas Kuchibhotla to “get out of my country” before shooting at him in a Kansas bar. The white Kansas citizen also shot two other men. He faces murder and potential hate crime charges for killing Srinivas Kuchibhotla, an Indian immigrant and for wounding two other patrons on February 22, 2017. One was Alok Madasani who worked with Kuchibhotla at the tech company Garmin. He has been released from the hospital. The other wounded man was Ian Grillot who was shot when he intervened. Grillot confronted the shooter. Purinton then shot Grillot in the hand and chest. Grillot said in an interview with the Kansas City Star that he had hidden underneath a table until he thought Purinton was out of bullets. “I guess I miscounted,” he said.
Black Bloc Tactics
A black bloc is described as a group of people who dress in black, wear hoods or scarves, conceal their facial features, either for protection against tear gas, or to hide their identification. They are associated with anarchism and violence.
Their tactics are primarily violent. They participate in street fighting, looting, smashing windows, vandalism, and rioting.
Black bloc tactics were used in the protest against Milo Yiannopoulos at UC Berkley recently. A recent article in Waging Nonviolence by Kazu Haga describes what happened there, and why these tactics are not the most effective, despite the fact the protest at UC Berkeley resulted in right-wing Yiannopoulos having his appearance canceled.
Wage non-violence. Continue peaceful protests. Call your congress people. Call the White House comment line. Sign up for newsletters like The Daily WTF, #1460 Days, or the phone app 5 Calls in order to provide yourself with a direct action you can take each day. Remember #blacklivesmatter.
One Washington state mom found a creative and unique way to help her five-year-old daughter celebrate Black History Month. She came up with a strong black woman for every day of the month, found each woman’s iconic photograph, and with a few props, wigs, and clothing items, she helped her daughter recreate those images. You can see them all on the mom’s Twitter feed, here. Kudos to Cristi Smith-Jones and her daughter, Lola.
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.