10 Ways to Fight Hate

10 Ways to Fight Hate


And we begin with
Breaking News from Charlottesville, Virginia where
two people have been injured in an altercation with
protestors who are out in force over the planned removal
of a Confederate statue … One year ago, we witnessed
an American tragedy. A rally motivated by hate
ended in violence and the death of my
daughter, Heather. Neo-Nazis, white
supremacists and bigots marched through the
city of Charlottesville. Standing up against hate
isn’t easy — but, now more than ever,
it’s necessary. Here are ten ways
you can fight hate. 1. Act. Do something. Take action
in the face of hatred; apathy is not an option. 2. Join Forces. Reach out to allies from
faith communities, schools, clubs,
and other civic groups. Create a diverse coalition. Gather ideas from everyone,
and get everyone involved. 3. Support the Victims. Victims of hate crimes
often feel alone and afraid. Surround victims
with comfort and protection. Small acts of kindness — a phone call, a letter —
can help. 4. Speak Up. Hate must be exposed
and denounced. Speak up in ways that draw
attention away from hate and toward unity. 5. Educate Yourself. Get informed. Armed with a computer,
email, and a website the reach of even small
hate groups can be immense. Know who they are and what
false messages they spread. 6. Create an Alternative. Do not attend hate rallies. Hold a separate
unity rally or parade to draw media attention
away from hate. 7. Pressure Leaders. Make sure your elected officials
and other community leaders know that you will not stand
for hate in your community. Ask them to take a public stand. 8. Stay Engaged. Promote acceptance
and address bias before another
hate crime occurs. Expand your comfort zone
by reaching out to people outside
your own groups. 9. Teach Acceptance. Bias is learned early,
and often at home. By age 3, children can be
aware of racial differences. By age 12,
they can hold stereotypes. Teach tolerance early and often. 10. Dig Deeper. We all grow up with prejudices. Acknowledging them —
and working through them — can be a scary
and difficult process. Look inside yourself
for biases and commit to disrupting hate. Standing up
against hate isn’t easy — but, now more than ever,
it’s necessary. Apathy is not an option.

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