Hate Crimes Escalating in the Trump Era: Disheartening But True

Islam, Islamophobia and hate crimes against Muslims

We’re getting used to seeing headlines like this recent one in the Washington Post: “Hate in America is On the Rise.” According to the lede, A NEW FBI report on hate crimes tells a sobering story. For the second year in a row, police departments across the country reported a rise in the number of crimes motivated by bias. A statistical breakdown suggests that nearly […]

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Donald Trump’s Racism Is Not A Distraction

Trump uses anti-indigenous slur

During a ceremony meant to honor Diné World War II code talkers, bilingual Navajo speakers instrumental to the United States’ victory in WWII, Donald Trump, standing in front a portrait of ethnic cleanser Andrew Jackson, jokingly used an anti-indigenous racial slur to refer to U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren. The Predator in Chief’s remark was a revolting insult to indigenous veterans who fought […]

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Two Fires, Two Potential LGBTQ Hate Crimes: Oklahoma & Michigan

After news emerged from Oklahoma earlier this week that a gay couple is suing over an alleged case of arson and their community’s participation in a set of hate crimes surrounding that fire at their home, a couple in Jaskson, Michigan are facing similar circumstances after their house burned to the ground this week in what’s being investigated as arson. […]

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The Bully Pulpit: Indiana SB 439 & Hate Crimes

I recently attended the bat mitzvah of a cousin’s daughter at the synagogue in which I grew up.  My cousin’s daughter did a great job with her Torah portion, but I was particularly struck by the sermon, in which Rabbi Dennis Sasso forcefully and eloquently connected those ancient teachings to America’s contemporary challenges. I sometimes need to remind myself that for every […]

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Trump’s America: Another Jewish Cemetery Vandalized

Mount Carmel Jewish Cemetery vandalized

On Sunday, Philadelphia police discovered over 100 vandalized headstones at Mount Carmel Jewish Cemetery after a visitor to some of the gravesites called authorities.  Along with that, eleven Jewish Community Centers received bomb threats on the same day.  This comes only a week after a similar incident in Missouri, where at least 150 Jewish graves were vandalized. Embed from Getty […]

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Asked About anti-Semitism, Trump Discusses Electoral College

Asked About anti-Semitism, Trump Discusses Electoral College

The final question of the joint press conference between the United States and Israel focused on an issue pertinent to the joint meeting and to the safety of American citizens: anti-Semitism. Directed at Trump, an Israeli reporter noted the sharp increase in anti-Semitic hate speech and crimes following his election. He proceeded to ask him what he’d say to the Jewish communities not […]

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Anti-Gay Virginia Foxx to Head House Education Committee

Virginia Foxx

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) will be the next leader of the House Education and the Workforce Committee. In her time in Congress Foxx hasn’t made a name for herself in regards to education so much as lashing out at the LGBTQ community and propagating outrageous conspiracy theories. Her most famous conspiracy theory involved claiming Matthew Shepard’s murder was a hoax – […]

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GOP Lawmaker: Civil Rights Protesters as “Disgusting” as White Supremacists

Rep Sean Duffy compared civil rights protests to white supremacists saying both are disgusting

During a CNN interview yesterday, U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) argued civil rights protesters and Black Lives Matter members are as “disgusting” as the white supremacists (and Nazis) Trump took entirely too long to denounce following his election two weeks ago. The exchange between Duffy and The Lead guest host Jim Sciutto ventured into historically tone deaf false equivalency when Duffy attempted to pin the […]

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