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RACISM / ANTI-SEMITISM

Last year, Trump defended himself against complaints about his attitudes by claiming that he’s the “least racist person on earth.”

Roy Moore, running for Senate in Alabama: America "was great at the time when families were united--even though we had slavery." --AL.com

(Scroll down to take immediate action. View updates and take action in DACA, Immigrants, Police Racial Bias & Muslim Ban sections.)

UPDATE 12/7: On eve of Trump visit to Civil Rights Museum, MS blacks say he's brought back troubles of the past (Washington Post). Rep. John Lewis (and others) will skip ceremony, due to Trump's presence (Chicago Tribune). 11/29: Trump retweets British inflammatory anti-Muslim extremist videos. British PM Teresa May issues a rare rebuke. (NBC News) 11/28: At ceremony honoring Navajo code talkers, responsible for helping win WW2, Trump (speaking under a portrait of President Andrew Jackson, known for removing Native Americans from their ancestral lands--a positioning literally right out of House of Cards) called Elizabeth Warren "Pocahontas." (NBC News) 10/23: Trump inexplicably attacks the widow of a fallen soldier who died in Niger; news outlets ask, was this racially motivated? "I'm starting to wonder if this country's losing its moorings"--Ret. Army General McCaffrey (in Chicago Tribune). 10/12: Trump's tweets anger, but do not surprise, Puerto Ricans (Washington Post). 9/27: Following a weekend of NFL protest against racial discrimination, Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid explain why they decided to "take a knee." (New York Times) 8/27: Massive protests in SF Bay Area against racism. 8/25: (1) Trump aide and white supremacist Gorka was fired. Miller remains. (2) Trump pardons AZ Sheriff Arpaio, who was convicted of criminal contempt for disregarding a court order in a racial profiling case, continuing to profile. (CNN) The ACLU calls this a Presidential endorsement of racism. Phoenix Mayor Stanton says, "Joe Arpaio illegally targeted and terrorized Latino families. Our community voted him out of power." Scroll down to contact your representatives now. 8/23: The United Nations gives US a rare, early warning: "We are alarmed by the racist demonstrations, with overtly racist slogans, chants and salutes by white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and the Ku Klux Klan, promoting white supremacy and inciting racial discrimination and hatred." Early warnings in past went to Iraq, Burundi, and Kyrgyzstan. (Share Blue) Older updates

"Word cloud from bios of people responsible for anti-Semitic harassment of Jewish journalists during election. Submitted without comment."–V. Judah Khaykin, @VKhaykin, Anti-Defamation League

LEARN: (scroll down to take immediate action) What is racism? Prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one's own race is superior; the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races. Anti-Semitism: hostility to or prejudice against Jews. (Oxford Dictionary)

Where is White Nationalism coming from? (Desmond- Harris, Vox, 8/12/17) White Nationalists often maintain that whites are discriminated against and the subject of hate. Here are the facts, from the FBI in 2015 (the latest year for which statistics are available): Hate Crime Statistics. In order of prevalence, that year African-Americans were victims of most hate crimes, followed in frequency by gay men and members of the Jewish community. It's likely those frequencies have changed since the election.

Is Donald Trump racist/anti-Semitic? Here’s what the record shows (D’Antonio, Fortune, 8/24/16). Answer? There's a lot of evidence here from multiple, verified sources across time, beginning with the 1973 Trump family business housing discrimination lawsuit and history of “no vacancies for Blacks.” Here's an earlier set of examples, from the Huffington Post (O'Connor & Marans, 2/29/16). Current examples can be found above (Updates). The Chicago Tribune ran an opinion piece by Jay Pearson, a Los Angeles Times reporter, on 10/10/17: Donald Trump is a Textbook Racist.

How about his cabinet, advisors, and actions? Steve Bannon, Trump's former senior advisor, now fired, has been called out for his anti-Semitic views by the Anti-Defamation League. The appalling absence, in Trump's early National Holocaust Remembrance Day statement, of anything about the Jewish people, anti-Semitism, or focus of the holocaust on the extermination of the Jews, was evidence of Bannon's influence on the White House and public policy. It also reflects a shocking lack of basic racial compassion, as demonstrated by Chief of Staff, Reince Preibus (Schoenkopf, Wonkette, 1/30/17).

Inexplicably, Trump refused to send needed aid to largely Hispanic Puerto Rico until weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated that US territory, although he did so in Houston and Florida immediately before and after Harvey and Irma. Hillary Clinton's immediate reminder about the availability of the US Comfort, a massive aid ship designed for events like this, hit home: the ship was finally dispatched to Puerto Rico. She now sits, largely empty, as individuals in need of care cannot board her unless they receive an official referral. This is the ACLU's take on the disparity between Trump's response to Hurricane Maria vs. Harvey and Irma (Olivera, 10/3/17). Here is the Washington Post's summary (Cunningham, 10/16/17).

Trump’s Housing and Urban Development Secretary and former rival, Ben Carson, signed an op-ed in the far-right outlet, Washington Times, which criticized the Obama administration’s efforts to desegregate neighborhoods, where he also criticized the Supreme Court decision to uphold a provision of the federal law banning housing discrimination. He, as a surgeon, has no experience with housing and urban development, which might be a clue as to how much respect Trump has for the office. In June, Trump picked his son's wedding planner, who has no experience in housing whatsoever (and lied by claiming to have a law degree from a school she never attended), to run the office that oversees federal (low income) housing in New York (Smith, New York Daily News, 6/15/17).

Hate crimes have continually escalated across the country since Trump began attacking ethnic groups while campaigning (e.g., Winton, Los Angeles Times, 8/25/17). The Southern Poverty Law Center has been collecting them (see “Take Action,” #1). LGBTQ, Muslims, Hispanics, Blacks, women, the Jewish community have all been attacked this year. Here’s an early, first-hand example from Tina Vasquez, which appeared in The Guardian back on 9/9/16. Here's an enlightening article describing employees' experience with workplace racism in the UK (Eddo-Lodge, 9/26/17, The Guardian).

The murder of Charlottesville, VA, anti-racism protestor Heather Heyer (Hayden, 8/13/17, ABC News) galvinized the nation, but did little to mobilize the Administration. Trump's initial lack of response to Charlottesville's white supremacist rally and violence, then "blaming both sides" response, then scripted response, then returning to "there was great violence" on the "alt left" response demonstrates his attitudes are not for show, ratings, or votes. Germans who lived through WW2 have warned us for decades: Naziism, racism in general and anti-Semitism in particular, must be condemned immediately, forcefully, and by each one of us.

An ADL poll found the majority of Americans are concerned about violence directed toward Jews and Muslims; however,14% hold anti-Semitic attitudes. On 8/2/17, CNN reporter Jim Acosta was accused by White House Senior Adviser Stephen Miller of having "Cosmopolitan Bias" when defending longstanding immigration policy and the values of the United States. Cosmopolitan Bias is an old Russian anti-Semitic term.

TAKE ACTION

(1) Call Chief of Staff Kelly and demand white supremacist Miller be fired: 202/456-1414.

(2) Contact Congressional Republicans who have not condemned Trump's "anti-racism protesters and Nazis are morally equivalent" argument. An updated list of them and their contact info. is here. Then, contact your own representatives in the House and Senate (see #8, below for contact info.) and let them know what you expect from Congress, which was designed to legislate and act as a check on a mentally ill, irresponsible, or dangerous POTUS. Then, have a treat. :)

(3) Visit the Southern Poverty Law Center’s site: “The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.” See the eye-opening map of the 892 hate groups operating in the U.S. Educate yourself about them, and learn what you can do to stop hate crimes in your community and around the country.

(4) Take one of Lee Mun Wah’s Stir-Fry Seminars (based in Berkeley, CA, but taking place all over the country), or explore the site’s PDFs, podcasts and videos. They are extraordinarily powerful: “Thousands of participants from educational, government, corporate and social service agencies have taken StirFry’s trainings and seminars so that they could then begin facilitating discussion groups in their agencies, schools, and communities and learn to engage in authentic and healthy multicultural dialogue.” Here’s one in October, 2017 in Berkeley. Alternatively, watch their groundbreaking film, The Color of Fear, which you can rent for online streaming, and The secret to changing the world, Lee Mun Wah’s vivid and inspiring TEDExpressionCollege talk.

(5) Excellent advice on how to stand up for ANYONE who is the target of racism or racist bullying, without escalating the situation into violence.

(6) Join the Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, "to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and secure justice and fair treatment to all. Now the nation's premier civil rights/human relations agency, ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all."

(7) In California? It's leading the way in equal pay legislation. Learn about SB 1063, The Wage Equality Act of 2016, which covers unequal pay due to race and ethnicity:

Thus, effective January 1, 2017, California employers must not pay employees a wage rate less than the rate paid to employees of a different race or ethnicity for substantially similar work.” The responsibility is placed on the employer to justify any gender, race, or ethnicity disparity in pay. (Launey & Soto, California Peculiarities Employment Law Blog, 10/27/16)

(8) It’s unlikely protections for ethnic groups are going to be expanded or well-enforced by legislation during this administration without public pressure. Members of Congress are MOST concerned about their own re-election (many Senators, and all House Representatives are up in 2018). If they get the sense people will vote based on their position on an issue, they will listen! It really does take only a handful of phone calls on a given topic from a representative's own constituents to influence that member of Congress. Who are your representatives? DC House of Representatives switchboard: 866-948-8977 and Senate 866-985-2543 (in addition to your local and state Congressional reps, call the DC number when Congress is in session and/or when you feel very, very strongly and alarmed about an issue or imminent legislation). Phoning is more effective than email, tweets, letters. Don't know your Senators’ phone number? Call 202/224-3121, put in your zip. You’ll be transferred. Shy to call? Don’t be concerned. You’ll likely be sent to voicemail. If you do reach someone, speak concisely and politely, telling them:

...you live in their district (for Representatives) or state (for Senators),
...you’re concerned about racism and its effect on human rights,
...and you want them to:
-vote for_______.
-push for _______legislation to ensure that __________.
-obstruct the GOP’s efforts to_________.

If calling outside your own district, or to another state, tell them you will be phoning their voters in advance of the next election.

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