TRADING WHITE PRIVILEGE FOR COMMON GROUND
While we say Idaho is "Too Great for Hate," hate crime is a serious and growing law enforcement challenge. The July Idaho State Police report on Hate Crime in Idaho illustrates the harsh reality of a 27.3 percent increase in Gem State hate crimes in 2016, compared with 2015.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said hate crimes in the United States have spiked since 2016, which was the worst year on record for anti-Muslim incidents since the group began its documenting system in 2013. The number of bias incidents in the first half of 2017 since Donald Trump took office as president also rose by 24 percent compared with the first six months of 2016, CAIR said.
Idaho is ranked by the Southern Poverty Law Center as having the nation's second-largest concentration of hate groups (12).
United Vision for Idaho, in partnership with the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights, conducts both direct and online training to provide critical statewide capabilities to explore the "spiral of injustice" and to demonstrate how, unless interrupted, it can devolve through a sequence of language, avoidance, discrimination, violence and culminate in elimination.
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We should be building upon what unites us, rather than be reminded by our own president of what divides us. In that spirit, we encourage you to read Lori Lakin Hutcherson’s thoughtful essay “What I Told My White Friend When He Asked For My Black Opinion On White Privilege,” from the Aug. 25 edition of Everyday Feminism.
“ … what is being asked of you is to acknowledge that white privilege does exist and to not only to treat people of races that differ from yours “with respect and humor,” but also to stand up for fair treatment and justice, to not let “jokes” or “off-color” comments by friends, co-workers, or family slide by without challenge, and to continually make an effort to put yourself in someone else’s shoes, so we may all cherish and respect our unique and special contributions to society as much as we do our common ground.”
As a statewide coalition of more than 40 organizations and more than 35,000 individuals, our diversity enables us to examine and consider both the root causes of systemic oppression and marginalization too many Idahoans face. Join us as we work together to identify and develop ways to overcome the causes of this discrimination, especially on behalf of those who are most vulnerable.
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The photo above is one of a series of 63 from the 2014 "I, Too, Am Harvard" project that was originally posted on Tumblr by a group of black students at Harvard fed up with the institutional racism they say they have experienced. More of the photos are online here.
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