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Hate Crimes

Racism and Gun Violence Are Killing Us, Literally

James Zogby | Posted 06.20.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

When the U.S.' murder rate and mass shooting rates are stacked up against the rest of the world, it becomes clear that we not only have a problem -- we have a sickness -- and it is killing us, literally. And yet we go from mass killing to mass killing, numb for a day, and then we move on.

Grappling With Charleston: Are We Hardwired to Hate?

Rick Horowitz | Posted 06.20.2015 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

After a massacre, so many difficult questions.

I Hate Him

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.19.2015 | Religion
David Katz, M.D.

I worry that this primacy of hate over love means he and his kind have won something. I worry that my unwillingness to find forgiveness means I am surrendering something. I worry that for evil to prevail in the world it may be enough for bad people to make good people hate.

Keeping Ourselves Honest In The Aftermath Of The Charleston Massacre

Cameron Blazer | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
Cameron Blazer

As a white, nearly lifelong resident of Charleston, I feel obligated to say in defiance of my usual self-censorship. While they may and often do dwell together, hatred and mental illness are not the same. Hatred is not a mood disorder. Hatred is inert violence. And we are all susceptible to its intrusions.

Love And Beauty Always Win -- And Charleston Has Both

Chris Hill | Posted 06.19.2015 | Impact
Chris Hill

This week, nine people were killed, senselessly, in the middle of a church, and in the heart of my favorite city in the world. But we can't forget the idea that love wins -- always -- and so does beauty. And Charleston has both running through it's veins.

Dave Jamieson

Charleston Mourns The Dead At Emanuel AME: 'I Knew Every Single One Of Them' | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.19.2015 | Crime

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Andre McPherson has been coming to the Emanuel AME Church here off and on since 2003. His visit on Thursday night was his first in...

Charleston Shooting Reminds Us of Religion's Intrinsic Connection To Politics

Jack Levison | Posted 06.18.2015 | Religion
Jack Levison

Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church teaches us, at great cost, that politics -- politics done right and righteously -- is actually deeply spiritual. And religion -- religion done right and righteously -- is actually deeply political.

History Of Racial Tension Casts A Shadow On Charleston Tragedy

Tracy Fehr | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics
Tracy Fehr

As the Charleston community comes together in mourning, it is important to also come together to reflect on how such a tragedy could happen in the first place, and what must be done at a larger, societal level to prevent this from happening again.

'Allies,' the Time for Your Silence Has Expired

Rev. Denise Anderson | Posted 06.18.2015 | Black Voices
Rev. Denise Anderson

I remember when the news out of Ferguson, Missouri first came to us. I heard white friends and colleagues encourage each other to sit in a posture of listening. I honor that listening. White allies, I thank you for your thoughtfulness in this regard. Now allow me to be your stopwatch; time's up.

The Horrific Cannot Become the Routine

Steven Schlozman, M.D. | Posted 06.18.2015 | Impact
Steven Schlozman, M.D.

We have far more in common that we have different. That's what makes our differences so hard to tolerate. And that, more than anything else, is why we need, urgently, to learn how to tolerate the differences.

The Martyrs of Mother Emanuel

Rev. Winnie Varghese | Posted 06.18.2015 | Religion
Rev. Winnie Varghese

We as a nation must face racism and reject it --decry it boldly and change it in ourselves. And we must disarm. The storyline seems clear to me. Let this be the last time not the new normal.

5 Essential Lessons To Be Learned From The Charleston Mass Shooting

Rev. Dominique C. Atchison | Posted 06.19.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dominique C. Atchison

I am by no means a minister who is going to tell people who are subject to racism not to be angry. I am, however, going to say that this moment needs our faith. This moment needs our focus. And in spite of this young man's attempt destroy the sanctity of prayer, we need prayer.

Time to Mourn?

Shawn VanDiver | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics
Shawn VanDiver

Before you tell me how I am violating your rights by proposing a record of gun owners, note that the constitution does not say that you have the right to bear arms and not tell anyone. We regulate chemicals, elevators, airplanes and financial transactions -- and none of those are specifically designed to kill anyone.

Don't Let The Charleston Shooting Be Lost In The 24-Hour News Cycle

Shannon Watts | Posted 06.18.2015 | Media
Shannon Watts

As soon as I heard about the mass killing of nine worshipers at Charleston's Emanuel AME Church, my heart broke -- again. Yet another gunman, yet another place that should be safe from violence, even more families shattered. No more Charlestons. No more Newtowns, Auroras or Isla Vistas. Not one more.

Police and Prosecutors Still Foot Drag on Hate Crimes

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 06.18.2015 | Crime
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The slaying of nine innocents at the Emmanuel AME church almost certainly will be classified as and prosecuted as a racially motivated hate crime. It is simply too shocking not to treat it as such. However, this will still be the rare exception.

Police and Prosecutors Still Foot Drag On Hate Crimes

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 06.18.2015 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The slaying of nine innocents at the Emmanuel AME church almost certainly will be classified as and prosecuted as a racially motivated hate crime. It is simply too shocking not to treat it as such. However, this will still be the rare exception.

Shooting in Charleston: Let's Stand With Mother Emanuel

Daniel Gross | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics
Daniel Gross

The facts of this tragedy remain under investigation, and there is still a lot that we don't know. But what we do know is that every day, 88 Americans are killed in shootings. No, there is not a single magic solution that will keep every gun out of the hands of every person intent on doing harm -- but we can do a lot better.

When Violence Visits Our Safest Space

Rachel Bohstedt Estes | Posted 06.18.2015 | Religion
Rachel Bohstedt Estes

When I woke up to news of another church shooting -- of nine people killed in the place you feel safest -- I only want to share the parts that ripped me up. The parts that are still confusing and raw. Because that's what it feels like when someone comes into your life with a gun and tries to kill you.

We Can't Be Black

Justin C. Young | Posted 06.18.2015 | Black Voices
Justin C. Young

We can't walk the streets of our own neighborhoods. We can't be buckled in or have our rights respected when arrested, or locked up without trial, assaulted and beaten in an American prison. We can't be youth at a pool party. We can't be at church. We can't be president and really comment about these things. We can't breathe...

Darkness Invades a Sanctuary -- But The Darkness Will Not Overcome It

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 06.18.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

To that small minority who see this crime against humanity as a victory: Know that God is with the people of Mother Emanuel. God is with those working to end gun violence. Yes, God takes sides and calls those of us who follow that call to take sides with both humbleness and a fierce desire for justice.

Our Silence Is Helping Hatred Breed

Phu Nguyen | Posted 06.23.2015 | Impact
Phu Nguyen

Speak up, act up, demand change, teach our youth to be kind and empathetic, yet strong enough to be allies to those who fight on a daily basis things they don't have to endure. Do it all to exhaustion... and then do it some more.

Internet Vitriole and the Rise of the Carnivorous Left

Olivia Wilson | Posted 06.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Olivia Wilson

We all know that trolls go for women more than men, queers times two, those who are transgender, times three. And we hate them for it. Trolls are ugly cave-dwelling creatures. Please, let's not become them. It's just not cool.

Highlights from the 2015 Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism

Dr. Michael Laitman | Posted 05.19.2015 | Religion
Dr. Michael Laitman

The ARI Institute was happy to participate in this distinctly multinational forum with 1,200 participants from all over the world. Though dealing with an issue concerning the Jews, there were priests, Imams from Europe, and people of all colors and nationalities.

The Students Mobilizing Against Campus Racism Nationwide

Jennifer Jonson | Posted 05.18.2015 | College
Jennifer Jonson

Hate crimes, discrimination and microaggressions are issues currently facing all American institutions of higher education -- public and private, secular and religiously affiliated, progressive and conservative.

Anti-semitism at My Alma Mater

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 05.13.2015 | College
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Three weeks ago I received a strange email. "Did I know," my friend wondered, "about the antisemitism brewing on the Stanford University campus?"