Chairman's Corner: "ICDHR Chairman Comments on What We Can Do to Halt the Growth of Hate and Racism"
The rise of hate groups throughout the United States continues to accelerate and affects millions of Americans. However, there are things that can be done to minimize this “sickness”. For example:
*Expose you child or grandchild to multicultural experiences.
*Become concerned with the quality and correctness of what is being taught in schools attended by your children.
*Support groups like the ICDHR in efforts to address hate and racism. It is not enough to say “I am against hate and racism.”
*Examine policies of your municipality, schools and police departments on diversity, equity and inclusion.
*Serve as a model to follow. Remember that silence to speak and act makes us complicit in not addressing hate and racism. Remember that hate can never be separated from racism.
*Do not deny that racism exists, especially in your own community. There is no between racism and hate.
*Speak out when you hear and/or see acts of hate and racism. Review the letter written by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. entitled “A Letter from a Birmingham Jail.”
*Does your pastor speak at the Sunday morning service on hate and racism? Raise the question.
*Stop saying that “color does not matter”. It does matter. Begin to look for it within your police department, libraries, municipalities, media, etc. Don’t be dismissive.
*Hold you elected officials responsible for the openness or a lack of in your community.
*Hold coffees, meetings and workshops on Implicit Bias.
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