A week to stand up to hate
Nov 22, 2016 | 9594 views | 0 0 comments | 462 462 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This week some families will sit down at the dinner table to celebrate Thanksgiving, while others will maybe just enjoy a hard-earned day off to spend time with loved ones. If you celebrate the annual tradition of Thanksgiving or not, it's time to use this week to stand up and say no to hate.

Whether you supported Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump or wrote in Mickey Mouse, the election is in the rearview mirror. It's your democratic right to be upset or celebrate the results, but targeted harassment in the wake of the election needs to stop.

In Brooklyn, a children’s playground was vandalized with a swastika. In Long Island City, a councilman received death threats. New York City is often it's own world, but we are no exception for the rising incidents of hate.

The Southern Poverty Law Center reported last week that more than 430 incidents of hateful intimidation and harassment have taken place since the election. That number is surely rising even as this is being written.

This isn't about “my candidate winning and yours losing,” this is about respect for every human being . Hate based on race, religion or sexual orientation has no place on the streets of New York City.

So it's especially troubling that we are more divided than ever.

Make sure this week you stand up and be vocal that hate isn't okay with you. If you see someone harassing someone else or committing an act of violence or vandalism, don't just look the other way.

Our traditions and values disappear if we're not willing to help the disenfranchised. And there's no better week to look out for one another and come together than this week.
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