Ten Ways to Fight Hate

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  1. ACT

    Do something. In the face of hatred, apathy will be interpreted as acceptance – by the haters, the public and, worse, the victim. Decency must be exercised, too. If it isn’t, hate invariably persists.

  2. UNITE

    Call a friend or co-worker. Organize a group of allies from churches, schools, clubs and other civic sources. Create a diverse coalition. Include children, police and the media. Gather ideas from everyone, and get everyone involved.

  3. SUPPORT THE VICTIMS

    Hate-crime victims are especially vulnerable, fearful and alone. Let them know you care. Surround them with people they feel comfortable with. If you’re a victim, report every incident and ask for help.

  4. DO YOUR HOMEWORK

    Determine if a hate group is involved, and research its symbols and agenda. Seek advice from anti-hate organizations. Accurate information can then be spread to the community.

  5. CREATE AN ALTERNATIVE

    Do NOT attend a hate rally. Find another outlet for anger and frustration and people’s desire to do something. Hold a unity rally or parade. Find a news hook, like a “hate-free zone”.

  6. SPEAK UP

    You, too, have First Amendment rights. Hate must be exposed and denounced. Buy an ad. Help news organizations achieve balance and depth. Do not debate hate mongers in conflict-driven talk shows.

  7. LOBBY LEADERS

    Persuade politicians, business and community leaders to take a stand against hate. Early action creates a positive reputation for the community, while unanswered hate will eventually be bad for business.

  8. LOOK LONG RANGE

    Create a “bias response” team. Hold annual events, such as a parade or culture fair, to celebrate your community’s diversity and harmony. Build something the community needs. Create a Web site.

  9. TEACH TOLERANCE

    Bias is learned early, usually at home. But children from different cultures can be influenced by school programs and curricula. Sponsor an “I have a dream” contest. Target youths who may be tempted by skinheads or other hate groups.

  10. DIG DEEPER

    Look into issues that divide us: economic inequality, immigration, homosexuality. Work against discrimination in housing, employment, education. Look inside yourself for prejudices and stereotypes.