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.
Boko Haram Releases Young Women
In 2014, Boko Haram broke into the Government Girls School in Chibok, Nigeria in the middle of the night and kidnapped 276 young women. They were herded into a convoy of vehicles and driven away.
The gunmen then burned homes and businesses in the town in Borno state as they fled with the girls, witnesses said.
Since then, some of the young women have escaped or have been returned. Nearly three years after the abduction, 82 young women were released in exchange for five prisoners.
Given who and what Boko Haram is, we can only imagine what the young women have endured and what they will do with their freedom.
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Educate yourself regarding Boko Haram. Donate to Mercy Corps. They are giving cash to women who have survived Boko Haram attacks so they have food.
Police Continue to Kill Black People
When Balch Springs, Texas police first reported that a 15-year-old black boy had been killed as he left a party, they said the police had shot into the car “because the car was reversing down a street toward the officer in an ‘aggressive manner.'” By the next day, the story had changed to “the officer fired when the car was ‘moving forward as the officers approached. ‘” The Dallas County medical examiner’s report ruled the death a homicide caused by a “rifle wound” to the head.
Within days, the truth came out. Now, the officer involved in the shooting, Roy Oliver, has been charged with murder, with a judge signing an arrest warrant earlier on Friday. Oliver had already been fired earlier this week, because, police said, he “violated several departmental policies.”
Police in Balch Springs, Texas, a majority-minority Dallas suburb, originally claimed there was an altercation with the vehicle. Edwards, who was unarmed, was sitting in the front passenger’s seat, with four other unarmed teens, including Edwards’s brother, in the car, according to family attorney Lee Merritt.
Oliver shot at the car with a rifle. A bullet broke through the front passenger’s window and hit Edwards. Shortly after, Edwards was rushed to a hospital, where he died from gunshot injuries.
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Continue to film anything you see the police doing that looks wrong to you. Use the ACLU App for your area.
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.