Hate Crimes & What To Do

Since the Inception of Donald Trump’s presidency, more and more unfortunate events have led to a rise in bigotry. Supremacists, Racists, & Ignorant individuals believe everything they see on the news and in turn take their personal sentiments onto people of minority color, race or religion.

The Sikh Community at large has been targeted because most bigots do not know the difference between Muslims and Sikhs because the presence of a turban triggers them automatically.

The Muslim Community has also suffered as the Anti-muslim propaganda gives racially charged individuals the supposed right to decimate mosques, harass women who observe the headscarf and plenty other forms of racial discrimination.

The Jewish Community has also faced some forms of discrimination, notably attacks on their synagogues.

Here’s what you can do about it.

A hate crime is classified as a crime, typically one involving violence, that is motivated by prejudice on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation, or other grounds.

So the next time you see a woman, man or child verbally or physically assaulted, here’s what you can do.

1. Act

Do something. In the face of hatred, apathy will be interpreted as acceptance by the perpetrators, the public and — worse — the victims. Community members must take action; if we don’t, hate persists. By acting, it lets anyone and everyone know that someone will always speak out against them and that alone deters many civilian level crimes.

2. Pick up the phone. 

Call your local councilman if you see that hate and bigotry persists. Tell him/her that these acts are reoccurring and ask what action can be taken. Lead by example.

3. Sign a petition.

Attend a vigil. Lead a prayer. Remember– STRENGTH IN NUMBERS.

4. Repair acts of hate-fueled vandalism

as a neighborhood or a community. Something simple as knocking on your neighbor’s door and understanding their belief system and sharing yours can build a bond. Be there for each other. Exchange numbers and help out through prayer, finance or emotional support.

5. Use whatever skills and means you have. 

Offer your print shop to make fliers. Share your musical talents at a rally. Give your employees the afternoon off to attend. If you have a big following online, use it to showcase areas of social injustice! Use your talent to Make The World Great Again.

6. Be creative.

Speak to the people who were affected. Ask them what would honestly help. Sometimes, lending a helping hand can mean listening to their story, other times it can mean raising as little as $5 each from the entire neighborhood.

7. Bystander Effect

Whatever you do, do not become a bystander that watches. If you cannot say anything, then at least record it. Call the cops and share it with them. Share it on twitter, fb, instagram.

Hate crime is not just a crime against a certain group of people, its actually on everyone. Remember, slavery was legal at some point, as were the imprisonment of Japanese Americans into camps…. Legality doesn’t equal Morality. One day we’re at war with the Japanese, the next with Russia and then one day the Middle East. Does this mean we should alienate each religious group, one decade at a time? How do you know you’re not next?

 

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