Over the past week, Tanenbaum’s phones have been ringing off the hook. Friends, partners and strangers want to know what they can do to keep their families and communities safe. People are frightened by the undeniable wave of bigotry and fear tactics that have been unleashed since November 8th.
Venom is spewing all around us. There have been more than 300 reported hate incidents since Election Day. I’ve heard stories about Muslim children asking their parents if they will be deported, of waking up to swastikas spray painted on local buildings, and name-calling and intimidation we hoped was long behind us. I wish it were, but it is not.
If anything, combating religious prejudice and hatred has never been more urgent. Take a look at a few headlines—from just the past week:
- ‘Hang yourself by your headscarf’: US student pens anonymous note to Muslim teacher – Independent
- Campuses Confront Hostile Acts Against Minorities After Donald Trump’s Election – The New York Times
- Police investigating two swastikas painted on South Philly building – Philly Voice
- Man viciously beaten in Chicago as bystanders scream ‘he voted Trump’ – USA Today
All the while, Breitbart and other like-minded media are calling this trend a lie. We need the volume of our voices to match theirs. And we need our actions to speak even louder.
That is why today, I ask you to support Tanenbaum as we combat religious hate with practical solutions. Help us reach all sides and stop the venom. Our organization is small but our impact is large, and we need your help NOW to make long-lasting change.
Please make a donation today, or even sign up for monthly giving, to help combat religious prejudice, fear and hatred—so we don’t have to wake up to another day of headlines like these.
Joyce S. Dubensky