Sometimes it seems that Jamie is the "Page 6" editor of the blog. She tends to blog about fun, gossipy, items while I tend to write about more serious hard-hitting stories. You'll have to forgive me because today is no exception.
I am utterly dismayed to read that by many accounts hate crimes are on the rise since the election. The Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization that tracks hate groups and crimes says that hundreds of bias incidents have taken place in the last few weeks (seen here: their map of active hate groups from 2007). Their director calls it a "Perfect Storm" because of the unemployment rate, the election, and the rise in immigration. As someone who works at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, it is hard not to think about another time in history when there was a financial crisis and the disenfranchised were looking for scapegoats.
Luckily, that's why we are here. To remind, to remember, and to educate. Bring family, friends, and especially students to the Museum to take a tour or to hear Holocaust survivors speak about their experiences.
And if you witness a hate crime or evidence of a hate group forming, report it to the police, the ADL, and the Southern Poverty Law Center.