Charlottesville: Ways To Help

Racist organisations like the KKK, neo-nazis and white supremacists should be banned. Racism or any discrimination, hate speech and violence have no place in any civilised society. No one should have the freedom to incite hatred and promote inequality. It’s not freedom of speech, it’s a crime. No society should tolerate, racism or any kind of hate fueled rhetoric, bigotry and intolerance.

Enough Is Enough: White Nationalism Should Not Be a Protected Form of Free Speech

“Groups like the Ku Klux Klan and Unite The Right are not mere political groups. They are hate groups who have, for a century — or, in the KKK’s case, much longer — openly advocated violence and terror as a means of achieving their agendas. These individuals maintain views that quite literally align with the Nazis who tried to conquer Europe, with a key goal being the extermination and enslavement of “inferior” races, like Jews and Slavs.”

Continue reading:
http://www.care2.com/causes/enough-is-enough-white-nationalism-should-not-be-a-protected-form-of-free-speech.html

Why the hell can’t we all learn to live together regardless of race, creed, gender or any other perceived difference. There is so much misery in the world, I cannot understand why people such as these vile excuse for human beings have to create more. Wouldn’t the world be a better place if equality, tolerance and acceptance of each person was common place. Human beings should have no enemies other than death and disease, certainly not each other. Yet racism and other intolerance thrives and is on the increase along with the insatiable greed of the few at the expense of the many. We should unite for a better world where inequality, intolerance, social injustice, racism and any other prejudices are a thing of the past, a world where we can live out our lives in peace promoting the common good of all, including the other species with whom we share this world, and put all our energies in preserving this planet for all, including future generations.

Take Action

Please check out Care2’s suggestions for how you can help Charlottesville in the aftermath of this terrible incident of open racism, bigotry and hate.

It’s Up to Us to Stop White Supremacist Rallies Throughout America

“…mobilize your communities to get white supremacists out, because community resistance works.

Organizers successfully shut down a rally in Colorado Springs, another at Texas A&M, and one in Richmond to protest the removal of Confederate monuments. The “peaceful” March on Google, organized by white supremacists in nine different cities, following the firing of James Damore has also been canceled!

Below, you’ll find a list of upcoming white supremacist rallies in the United States. Add your name to petitions calling for permit denials — and if there isn’t a petition yet, start one! Join us in saying good night to the self-described “alt-right“!”

Read More and take action. Note some of the rallies have been and gone but there are still plenty of other rallies:
August 26th and 27th and September 9th plus other suggested actions. 

http://www.care2.com/causes/its-up-to-us-to-stop-white-supremacist-rallies-throughout-america.html

How to Help in the Wake of Charlottesville

“Care2 offers some concrete suggestions for how you can help Charlottesville in the aftermath of this terrible incident.”

Read more and take as many of the suggested actions as you can.
http://www.care2.com/causes/how-to-help-in-the-wake-of-charlottesville.html

There is some way most of us can help including signing the following petition:

Petition

Label the “KKK” a terrorist organization!

“The KKK is a HATE group responsible for the deaths of hundreds of people of color through the decades. The recent deadly events in Charlottesville make it clear that members of these groups are willing to kill to advance their efforts to start a race war. ”

Please read more,sign and share this petition. Groups such as the KKK have no place in any modern society. There hate fill rhetoric incitements to violence and the acts of violence perpetrated or encourage by them are crimes and it is time they were recognised as such.

Read more and please sign the petition
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/946/021/684/label-the-%22kkk%22-a-terrorist-organization/

Please read the following, which over the weekend was Care2’s Daily Action and features a Human Rights Campaign video, and share widely, the world needs to know these are not “fine people” but racist fascist thugs who must not become an accepted part of American society.

Donald Trump: These Are Not “Fine People”

“Last weekend the world watched in horror as white supremacists, neo-nazis, and KKK members marched with torches and violently clashed with anti-fascist protestors in Virginia.

Instead of condemning hate, President Trump has blamed “both sides” for violence, and criticized the media’s coverage of the violent event, even going as far to say there were “very fine people” at the rally.

Video shows that this isn’t the case. White supremacists shouted racial and homophobic chants and insults to protestors, and one woman was killed when a White supremacist purposefully drove his car through a group of peaceful demonstrators.

There is only one side spewing hate. Watch the Human Rights Campaign video and share with your networks.

https://www.facebook.com/humanrightscampaign/?hc_ref=ARRVRWv-rCldYBLQA6_UyHY7jXWtATWsdzK-I7Pm9qndfgkGmT9JO834hUaRcZJH3t0&fref=nf

Frankly RACISTS DISGUST ME, don’t they think that there is enough hatred, violence and misery in the world without people like them creating more.
It is important to note that there are many people who oppose racism.
Tens of thousands of anti-racism protesters have opposed the “Free Speech” rally in Boston that featured right-wing speakers.
Read The Full story:
Boston march against right-wing rally draws thousands
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Join March Against Racism

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“There is a link between inflammatory statements by politicians and racist attacks and hate crimes on the street. There has been a rise in such crimes in Britain, following the EU referendum and a similar pattern has emerged in the US. Now is the time for people of goodwill to unite and stand up to racism.”
Diane Abbott 

Please join the following national demonstration on 18th March 2017 

National demonstration: March Against Racism March 18 2017, UN Anti-Racism Day London, Glasgow and Cardiff

National Demo- Refugees and Migrants Welcome – Stand Up To Racism, Islamophobia & Anti-Semitism

Amid a vitriolic atmosphere of anti-migrant hysteria following the EU referendum, Prime Minister Theresa May has announced she will trigger article 50 by the end of March 2017 in order to “have the freedom to choose the way we control immigration.”

In a situation where migrants, Muslim women and anyone considered to be ‘foreign’ are being attacked on a daily basis and refugees are being abandoned by Britain and Europe to destitution, drowning and exploitation, there has never been a more important time in recent history to stand up to racism.

Read more – includes details of march and public transport information.

http://www.standuptoracism.org.uk/national-demo-refugees-migrants-welcome-stand-racism-islamophobia-anti-semitism/

Check Twitter and facebook for more action ideas and notifications

https://twitter.com/antiracismday?lang=en

https://www.facebook.com/events/1092335410814754/

“We’ve got to face the fact that some people say you fight fire best with fire, but we say you put fire out best with water. We say you don’t fight racism with racism. We’re gonna fight racism with solidarity.”
Fred Hampton

Since Brexit and Trump’s election there has been a marked increase in racism, or at least these two events have given racists leave to openly display their hatred. Since last year racists have been emboldened as a result of these occurrences, particularly the US elections.  Unless we speak out, as a result of the hateful rhetoric and the actions of Donald Trump and others both in the USA and here in the UK there could well begin the normalisation of racism, sexism, homophobia, anti-immigrants, anti-Muslim, even anti-Semitism and hatred for refugees despite their obvious plight and the enormous suffering they have endured.

With the election of Donald Trump racists the world over now feel encouraged; their hatred, prejudice and bigotry inflamed, now sanctioned by the most powerful man in the world, the president of the US. Trump used people’s prejudices and hatred to secure his election victory inciting hatred towards Mexicans, black people, immigrants and Muslims.

The aftermath of the UK’s EU referendum has also resulted in a sharp rise in racism including hate crimes ranging from verbal abuse to violent attacks. Such attacks have focused on Polish immigrants and Muslims, one pregnant Islamic woman lost her baby as a result of one such attack  and many Polish people have been the focus of racist motivated abuse and violence.

In both cases the flames of racism have been fanned by politicians. In the USA immigrants have been used as scapegoats. Trump’s campaign rhetoric portrays a country under siege from refugees and immigrants, particularly Mexicans and Muslims.  To stir hatred he slanders Mexicans as “rapists” and “murderers,” threatening to build a wall and imposes the Muslim ban. The conservative government has used a similar tactic to distract from the financial crisis and their failing economic policies blaming immigrants and refugees for many of the ills that have befallen this country as a result of the Tory policies of Austerity. Encouraged and baited by the government and the media many people now blame immigrants for the shortage of housing, long NHS waiting lists and job shortages to name just a few of the many grievances for which immigrants have been scapegoated. I consider that many people voted to leave the EU simply as a result of their zenophobic/racist attitudes. The UK was once a more tolerant society who stood up for the underdog, we had a reputation for lack of racism and other prejudice. Sadly so much has changed. I like our multicultural society, the presence of other cultures enriches our own. We are, after all said and done, one species, one race, the human race.

Please attend the March on the 18th March we must never allow the current climate of racism and other prejudices to become acceptable.

More anti racist quotes

“Pit race against race, religion against religion, prejudice against prejudice. Divide and conquer! We must not let that happen here.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

“Men build too many walls and not enough bridges.”
Joseph Fort Newton

“Forty-two years after Dr. King was murdered, we are still a nation of inequality. People of color, women, gays, lesbians, and others are still treated as second-class citizens. Yes, things have changed but we have still not achieved equality among all humans. And nonhuman animals continue to be chattel property without any inherent value.”
Gary L. Francione

“I wish I could say that racism and prejudice were only distant memories. We must dissent from the indifference. We must dissent from the apathy. We must dissent from the fear, the hatred and the mistrust…We must dissent because America can do better, because America has no choice but to do better.”
Thurgood Marshall

We all have no choice but to do better.

The world is in turmoil, the rise of right-wing political agendas, bigotry, rampant racism,  anti-Muslim, anti-Semitism
ant-migrants, anti-refugees, homophobia, sexism … I have I missed anything, it seems that everyone hates everyone else. It has to stop, we need one world, one race, the human race.

Related Links

Keep in mind it is not only over in the USA and here in the UK but also in the rest of Europe that we need to be concerned about the rise in racism and other prejudices.

It’s not just Trump’s US. Anti-Muslim hate threatens Europe too

The Islamophobic ideologues at the heart of the new US administration have allies on this side of the Atlantic. We must all fight the spread of their divisive lies
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/02/trump-us-anti-muslim-hate-europe

8 Surprising Facts About Migration the Tabloids Don’t Want You to Know
https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/facts-migration-immigration-impact-uk-tabloids/

Blaming immigrants and a tolerant society
http://www.economicshelp.org/blog/23292/labour-markets/blaming-immigrants-and-a-tolerant-society/

Muslim-Mexican scapegoats in Trump’s America: Voices
http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/02/01/muslim-mexican-scapegoats-trumps-america-column/97309202/

Brexit: Surge in anti-immigrant hate crime in areas that voted to leave EU
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/brexit-hate-crime-racism-immigration-eu-referendum-result-what-it-means-eurospectic-areas-a7165056.html

Credit: Racism quotes from Good Reads http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/racism