Our Recipe for Unity

Open Your Eyes (To Open Your Heart)

There is power in hate, and words matter. This is why it’s also important to note and discuss and even study the worst of human behavior to help us steer towards the best of human behavior, eliminating prejudice, bigotry, racism, xenophobia and violence, both physical and verbal.

According to the FBI, a hate crime is a "criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender's bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender or gender identity."

According to the Gonzaga institute for Hate Studies (see website link below), hate studies consist of “inquiries into the human capacity to define, and then dehumanize or demonize, an ‘other,’ and the processes that inform and give expression to, or can curtail, control, or combat, that capacity.”

The Southern Poverty Law Center reports that, as of February 2019, hate groups have reached a record high.

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The accompanying music video for Childish Gambino’s new single “This Is America” is filled with haunting images of black oppression and gun violence. (Huffington Post Black Voices, May 15, 2018)

Across the country, authorities reported 7,175 hate crimes in 2017, vs. 6,121 in 2016—the number rising for the third consecutive year. (San Francisco Chronicle, Nov 14, 2018)

Recognizing white privilege begins with truly understanding the term itself. (Teaching Tolerance magazine, Fall 2018)

The author explores research into racial bias and precursors, tests even young children, and introduces practices to reduce bias. (The Conversation Oct 12, 2017)

An in-depth academic look at hate speech including constructs; themes, myths, and heuristics; and the importance of the internet today. (Oxford University Press, Sep 2017)

Hint: Nationals of the seven countries singled out by Trump have killed zero people in terrorist attacks on US soil between 1975 and 2015. (The Atlantic, Jan 30, 2017)

From Greater Good Magazine (Jan 3, 2011), here are the best research-based tips for broadening our perspectives and overcoming our differences.

This progressive political commentator has written her debut book on hate, its cultural and evolutionary roots, and how anyone can unlearn it.

Are We Born Racist? New Insights from Neuroscience and Positive Psychology
by Jason Marsh and Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, Beacon Press © 2010

This straightforward overview of the new science of prejudice showcases the abundant practical, research-based steps that can be taken in all areas of our lives to overcome prejudice.

This blog by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is dedicated to monitoring and exposing the activities of the American radical right. (See Hate Maps, below)

Besides family separation and ramped up deportations and ICE raids, Trump is aggressively reshaping the legal immigration system to support a white nationalist agenda. (American Friends Service Committee blog, Nov 26, 2018)

Kate Kendall, Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), responds to several suicides and subsequent hate-filled rhetoric from anti-gay leaders (includes anti-bullying resources and information on suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth). (Oct 13, 2010)

Hate groups being monitored by the Southern Poverty Law Center, by state. California and Texas, two of the largest states in the US, lead, with 76 and 66, respectively.

Hate groups being monitored by the Southern Poverty Law Center, by ideology: 16 different categories are being tracked, including Anti-Immigrant, Anti-LGBT, and Neo-Nazi.

The Anti-Defamation League’s schematic illustrates levels of biased behavior and how the hate of genocide is built upon the acceptance of behaviors described in pyramid’s lower levels.

Timeline listing terrorist attacks against the United States and Americans living either in the US or abroad (compiled by Infoplease)

Notable terror attacks with fatalities on US soil since 1980 (compiled by CNN)

The ADL exists to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Lots of tools and educational materials about “Fighting Hate for Good.”

This nonpartisan Cal State group examines hate & extremism and the resulting denial of civil and human rights on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.

The Institute advances the academic field of Hate Studies and works for the realization of a global society committed to human flourishing and the common good.

The INHS is a cross-jurisdictional and interdisciplinary organisation that aims to facilitate the exchange of knowledge about the study of hate and hate crime.

Fighting Hate, Teaching Tolerance, Seeking Justice. Legal Aid. Monitoring Hate Groups. Exposing Extremists. Since 1971.

Anti-Black, anti-Semitic, anti-gay and anti-Latino hate crimes are the most common types as levels in the country’s 10 largest cities reach the highest mark in a decade. (CBS News Jun 26, 2018)

The Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism reports hate crimes in the top 10 largest US cities rose 12.5% in 2017, the 4th straight rise & the highest total in over a decade. (May 2018)

Many Native Americans do not celebrate Thanksgiving because it is a reminder of the genocide of their people, the theft of their lands, and the relentless assault on their culture.

Donald Glover’s music alter ego, Childish Gambino, racked up nearly 40 million views in this video’s first weekend and sparked a viral debate about U.S. culture and society. Scenes reference black oppression and gun violence. (YouTube video published May 4, 2018)

Progressive political commentator Sally Kohn says hate doesn’t feel good. We need to get rid of “us” and “them” and see our connectedness. (TEDTalk published Jul 13, 2018)

Progressive political commentator Sally Kohn says we’re hard-wired for it but can unlearn hate. (TEDTalk published on Apr 10, 2018)

This news clip from NBC News explains a recent study that is the first to show a lasting effect in reducing racial bias in young children. (YouTube, Jan 31, 2018)

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes hosts documentary filmmaker Ken Burns discussing the Trump campaign through the lens of the Holocaust. (MSNBC Sep 20, 2016)

Why we need to connect with one another like never before—via the website clearinghouse for positive news stories from around the globe. (Good News Network Jan 8, 2019)

The ADL exists to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Lots of tools and educational materials about “Fighting Hate for Good.”

This is the first-of-its-kind interactive and customizable map detailing extremist and anti-Semitic incidents around the US.

These myths and facts aim to address common misconceptions about immigration, immigrants, and anti-immigrant bias and discrimination.

A quick “explainer” on how to #DefundHate from Detention Watch Network (DWN), a national coalition of advocates and organizers against immigration detention in the US.

This page presents a timeline of instances of extremism in the Trump administration—by month and by category (Southern Poverty Law Center).

Teaching Tolerance is a program of the Southern Poverty Law Center with a mission of reducing bias and promoting equity in schools throughout the US.

To help students identify and counter bullying, review bullying basics, test yourself for hidden bias, then follow up with activities that remind students to Speak Up at School.

Definitions, statistics, motivations of hate offenders, and the difference between hate speech and hate crimes, hate crimes and terrorism; also, recommendations.

How to put plans in place to respond to bias and hate at school, with an eye toward defusing tension, preventing escalation, and avoiding problems.

This professional development resource addresses, among other things, the concept of a “melting pot” and how the push for assimilation and a monoculture deny the value of diversity.

Hidden Bias Tests measure unconscious, or automatic, biases. Once identified, we may be able, over time, to reduce the strength of unconscious biases.

From the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, this resource is to help elementary school educators create LGBTQ- and gender-inclusive schools, prevent bias-based bullying, and support transgender and non-binary students.

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