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Hate Crimes

Shooting Our Mouths Off

John A. Tures | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

Nationwide, we mourn the victims of the Lafayette Theater shooting. It is a particularly sad time for people in West Georgia and East Alabama who knew the shooter, and have to come to grips with someone they know perpetrating such a deed. Yet some want to keep the hate that helped fuel Rusty Houser going.

Pity the Privileged

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 07.29.2015 | Gay Voices
DaShanne Stokes

The idea that the majority is under attack is reinforcing to anyone who stands on the brink of losing unearned privileges they have long taken for granted. It hurts to be taken down a peg, to discover you're no better, no more deserving, than anyone else. Better to lash out, mobilize the masses. Misdirect them at an imagined enemy. Anything to maintain that privilege.

Two Men Killed Matthew Shepard: Millions Helped

James Peron | Posted 07.28.2015 | Gay Voices
James Peron

That night those two young men weren't alone -- not in spirit. Standing with them were thousands of preachers who have called for the death of gay people. Standing with them were millions who had smeared, slandered and dehumanized gay people.

Why the Louisiana Theater Shooting Should Be Called a Hate Crime

Elizabeth Licorish | Posted 07.27.2015 | Crime
Elizabeth Licorish

When such a man, a noted "radical Republican," who is "anti-abortion and anti-feminist," shoots up a theater full of women at an Amy Schumer movie, his motive should hardly remain a mystery. Houser's insistence on making public statements regarding his hatred of women is well-documented.

You're Asking the Wrong Questions About Sandra Bland

Anna Nti-Asare | Posted 07.27.2015 | Black Voices
Anna Nti-Asare

I cannot fully express the frustration that results from being reminded daily that your life is worth less in your country simply because of your skin tone. But what frustrates me even more are the distractions people use to keep what's most important out of the limelight.

I Really Like This Picture

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 07.21.2015 | Impact
Bil Hitchcock

We need to figure this out how to do a little better than we have been doing... seeing this picture made me incredibly aware of that.

Healing After Hate Crimes

Anna Nti-Asare | Posted 06.30.2015 | Black Voices
Anna Nti-Asare

Knowing that we are not given the same opportunity to ever fully rest, we must keep faith and hope in an ultimate peace. We must keep faith and hope that things can change.

Let's Not Lose Our Pride Momentum

Rahsaan Chisolm | Posted 06.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Rahsaan Chisolm

While I do think the media is fully guilty of diversionary tactics quite often, I don't feel that's the case in all the media attention going to the SCOTUS marriage equality decision. We all have valid reason to celebrate the codification of something that should have been a universally given right ages ago.

Is America Becoming More Islamophobic?

Todd Green, Ph.D. | Posted 06.26.2015 | Religion
Todd Green, Ph.D.

Is America Islamophobic? Better yet, has America become more Islamophobic in the five years since the Park51 controversy? Much of the evidence points to a sobering answer.

Unfinished Projects

J Henry Fair | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
J Henry Fair

We all have unfinished projects. One of mine is the documentation of the churches and music of people of color in Charleston. I grew up in what was then a virtually unknown town on the South Carolina coast. The racial divide was so omniscient that it was invisible to someone growing up in it.

Man To Be Charged With Hate Crime For Allegedly Stabbing 'Faggots' Wearing Skinny Jeans

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 06.25.2015 | Gay Voices

Blake Abbey says he was walking home from a bar with two friends on Sunday when a knife-wielding man jumped out, yelled homophobic slurs and stabbed a...

Is Islamophobia real?

Maha Elgenaidi | Posted 06.25.2015 | Religion
Maha Elgenaidi

Some people ask the question, is there really such a thing as "Islamophobia," or are Muslims merely indulging in a culture of victimhood? While most Muslims may feel that even to ask the question is an impertinence, there really are people out there asking it. So let's look at some facts.

Hate Symbols Are Barriers to Progress

Iván Espinoza-Madrigal | Posted 06.25.2015 | Latino Voices
Iván Espinoza-Madrigal

Preserving a symbol of slavery and black subjugation sends a threatening and terrifying message that black lives -- and the lives of other oppressed individuals -- do not matter.

Being a Trans Ally is a Verb

Ezak Perez | Posted 06.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Ezak Perez

In a world that is saturated in patriarchy and gender based violence, imagine how powerful and life saving it would be if men, masculine presenting people and cis-gender identified people started standing up as allies too.

Old, Racist Youth

Kim Kane | Posted 06.24.2015 | Black Voices
Kim Kane

We hoped racial bias and bigotry would die out with future, more enlightened generations. But time hasn't rendered racism extinct. It's just been tucked away for the sake of its survival.

After the Day of Mourning: Charleston Still Matters

Tanya M. Odom, Ed.M. | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Tanya M. Odom, Ed.M.

At 10 a.m. this past Sunday, bells all over the city of Charleston rang out in memory and mourning of the nine people murdered last week. The bells may not be ringing today, but we have an opportunity to continue the commemorative spirit of unity by our actions.

Let's Be Honest About Race, America

Walker Bragman | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Walker Bragman

We live in a society plagued by racial division, where the instigating half of the population actively ignores and denies the problem--evidenced by the slew of high-profile Republicans and FOX News pundits calling the Emanuel AME Church shooting "an attack on religious liberty."

Burning of Churches in the Jewish State? Impossible!

Ron Kronish | Posted 06.23.2015 | Religion
Ron Kronish

Is it really happening? Are we actually witnessing the burning of churches and mosques on a regular basis in the Jewish state? Impossible! It can't be happening!

Dear White People (and Others): It Seems Like Some of You May Have Forgotten, So Again, Here's Why #BlackLivesMatter

Chevonne Harris | Posted 06.22.2015 | Black Voices
Chevonne Harris

After 400 years of slavery, lynching, segregation and the complete whitewash of the word "swag" and all our best dance moves, haven't we suffered enough?

Charleston: 5 Things White Christians Can Do in Solidarity With Our Brothers and Sisters of Color

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 06.23.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

Irregardless of our faiths, our ethnicities, where we are from, together we come in love. Together we come to bury racism, to bury bigotry, and to resurrect and to revive love, compassion, and tenderness.

Is This Terrorism or What?

Deborah J. Levine | Posted 06.22.2015 | Crime
Deborah J. Levine

Consider hate crimes and domestic terrorism as sides of the same coin. We desperately need to organize and address the multiple elements of both. Understand what is happening online.

The Power of Forgiveness Should Not Be Confused

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 06.22.2015 | Black Voices
Rev. Al Sharpton

No one is more vested in seeking justice than the courageous family members of those nine innocent victims who were slaughtered in a place that was their sanctuary. Anyone who thinks that forgiving Dylann Roof is an act of weakness has no clue what forgiveness is all about, nor what kind of inner strength it takes to do such a thing.

The Transparency of a "Incog-Negro"

Irene Monroe | Posted 06.22.2015 | Black Voices
Irene Monroe

Dolezal's white-to-black "passing" is the complication of both white guilt and white rage in an era of Affirmative Action.

In Charleston, Echoes of Birmingham and a Call to Action

Riley Roberts | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Riley Roberts

"White Gunman Sought in Killing of 9 at Black Church in Charleston, S.C." It reads like a headline from another age. From 1963, to be precise -- the year another appalling hate crime was carried out against a strikingly similar target.

Please Take the Confederate Flag Down

Michele Hunt | Posted 06.20.2015 | Impact
Michele Hunt

As I watch the television coverage of the families of those murdered, I am amazed by their faith and their commitment to forgive the man who took the lives of their loved ones. They should be an inspiration to all of us.