Michigan Coalition for Human Rights Take on Hate Action Statement
The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States has been followed by a sharp rise in hate incidents against immigrants, African Americans, Jews, Muslims, LGBTQ community members and women. These attacks have taken place both in private and public locations, including work places, universities and k-12 schools. The Southern Poverty Law Center surveyed 867 hate incidents in all 50 states just ten days after the election. It has mapped the location of 892 hate groups operating throughout the nation. The resulting climate of hate and fear has particularly affected school children and created a widespread problem for administrators and teachers of restoring an atmosphere of safety and security for young learners.*
The Michigan Coalition for Human Rights calls for the condemnation of all divisive, toxic and bigoted rhetoric, harassment, and physical violence against any community or group. It calls for the increased vigilance by public authorities and citizens at all levels to secure the protection and safety of our most vulnerable communities. MCHR calls for a national collaboration of all groups and individuals that share a commitment to human rights in order to serve as a bulwark against the validation of intolerance that has emerged from the presidential campaigns this past year.
* Sources:splcenter.org; Southern Poverty Law Center, Ten Days After: Harassment and Intimidation in the Aftermath of the Election, November 2016; and After Election Day: The Trump Effect: The Impact of the 2016 Presidential Election on Our Nation’s Schools, November, 2016.
MCHR is an interfaith non-profit organization founded in 1980 by Catholic Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, the late Rabbi Richard Hertz and the late Episcopal Bishop H. Coleman McGehee. MCHR promotes awareness of, commitment to, and advocacy for human rights through education, community organization, and action. MCHR opposes forces that suppress human dignity, freedom, and justice locally and around the world. MCHR also organizes and sponsors Freedom Tours that take high school students to civil rights sites in the south to educate them about our nation’s civil rights history and inspire them to be our future justice leaders. Visit us at mchr.org