Hate crimes are an ugly reality. They happen daily in big and small cities, and they can be scary. But they don’t have to be inevitable—we can all work together to prevent them. Here’s how you can help turn the tide on hate crime.
You can report a hate crime to the police, even if it doesn’t rise to the level of being prosecuted. The FBI also collects data on hate crimes in America, so you can report those incidents here.
You can also contact your local civil rights organization or human rights group and ask them what they would recommend doing next. If there’s not one in your area, look up “LGBT Center” or “LGBT Support Group” online–they’re usually pretty good resources too!
You can join domestic terrorism prevention groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center. These groups will help you find a way to tackle hate crimes in your local area and can also help you get involved locally.
First and foremost, you can offer your support to the victim. They may not know how to deal with what has happened, so they need someone willing to listen and help them through it.
It’s also vital that you do not offer false hope or make promises that you cannot keep, but offering hope is a good way of helping victims feel better about themselves and their situation.
It is essential to report it to the authorities if you have been a victim of a hate crime. If you witness one and can safely do so, report it too.
If you’re part of the community and have information about an incident that may be considered hate crime related, speak up!
Contact your local police or social services as soon as possible so they can act quickly on behalf of those affected by this kind of discrimination.
If you’re looking for a way to get involved in your community, consider starting a community watch group. This can be done through any number of local organizations, including:
- A local church or religious institution
- A local mosque or temple (if your area has one)
- The police department’s non-emergency line can help connect you with other groups that are forming in your area.
To fight hate crime, it’s essential to get involved. The first step is getting to know your neighbors–especially if you live in an area with many immigrants or people of color. You may be surprised at how much they have in common with you, and it will help build trust between people who might otherwise feel isolated or threatened by their surroundings.
If you see something suspicious, say something! If someone is harassing someone else based on their race or ethnicity (or any other protected characteristic), call 911 immediately so that local authorities can take action against this behavior before it escalates into violence against a person or property within your community.
If you see something suspicious, say something. Don’t be afraid of being wrong or making a mistake–you can always apologize later. You never know who might need help, so don’t hesitate to get involved!
Organize community meetings with your friends and neighbors about how hate crimes affect everyone in the community, not just those directly affected by them. This can be done through email chains; flyers posted around town, or even word-of-mouth (and if there’s one thing we know from all those movies where people yell at each other over fences–it works).
Join an organization that fights against hate crimes (or even supports victims). You might want to start by contacting police officers who investigate these incidents. They may have leads on organizations that could use more volunteers like yourself!