friendly reminder:

choosing not to use words that carry a derogatory or hateful meaning isn’t just about being “pc,” it’s about being a conscientious human being.

saying “words only have power if you give it to them” is a useless statement. everything we have created in society, including language, only has meaning because we say so, but those things will only LOSE meaning when we, collectively as a society, take it away. it can take a while to remove these kinds of words from our vocabulary, but it is also our responsibility to do so.

so stop calling people you don’t like “retards.” don’t use “gay” as a synonym for “bad.” stop telling people you’re going to “rape” them when you’re being competitive. it’s literally not necessary– and if you can’t find better words to express yourself, it’s not the marginalized groups you’re affecting that need a lesson on language and how it’s used: it’s you.

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GLAAD now has a website that tracks all hate speech – including racism and Islamophobia – coming from the Trump administration

You probably know that Trump has advocated jailing people or denying them citizenship for burning flags and that Pence has called for a ban on LGBT people in the military. But what about statements like National Security Advisor Mike Flynn’s that Islam isn’t a religion and doesn’t deserve constitutional protections?

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“I have to conclude, after half a decade of troubleshooting, that it may simply be impossible to make this platform usable for anyone but trolls, robots and dictators. ... If my gynecologist regularly hosted neo-Nazi rallies in the exam room, I would find someone else to swab my cervix. If I found out my favorite coffee shop was even remotely complicit in the third world war, I would — bare minimum — switch coffee shops; I might give up coffee altogether.”

- Lindy West nails why the internet is so toxic for women and why she’s left Twitter

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13 times Donald Trump could have said "stop it" to bias-fueled violence, but chose not to

1. In Richmond, California, a white man began shouting at Muslims leaving a mosque after prayer services on Dec. 4 and shouted, “I’m going to kill you all.” The man, who later pled guilty to making terrorist threats and was sentenced to 90 days in jail with three years probation, made several Facebook posts before the attack praising Trump.  (src)

2. During a basketball game at Andrean High School in Merrillville, Indiana, students held up a poster of Donald Trump’s face and chanted, “Build a wall,” at Latino basketball players on Feb. 27. (src)

3. A white Trump supporter assaulted two male Wichita State University students — a Muslim American and a Latino — at a local Kwik shop. He reportedly began chanting “Trump! Trump! Trump!” Before driving off, the attacker added, “Make America great again! You guys are the losers! You guys, we’ll throw you over the wall!"  (src)

4. At Beloit Memorial High School in Beloit, Wisconsin, on April 8, black and Latino soccer players walked off the field when opposing fans chanted, "Donald Trump, build that wall!” (src)

5. A 20-year-old black man was visiting his elderly grandfather in Cleveland, Ohio, on June 3 when a white neighbor threatened the pair with a knife. The perpetrator reportedly said to police officers, “The RNC will take care of them, Donald Trump will fix them because they are scared of Donald Trump.” (src)

6. A black father of three was verbally and physically assaulted by a white hospital worker when she saw him talk to a white mother with reportedly biracial-looking children. The woman also allegedly said: “Get your black kids out of here. Do you even have a job? Do you know what a job is, n*gger? This is what Donald Trump’s talking about, people like you.” (src)

7. While riding a New York City subway, two hijab-wearing Muslim women were berated by a white man who told them to “go back home and take their bombs with them.” He also reportedly said “Donald Trump is right,” in reference to the president-elect’s anti-Muslim rhetoric. (src)

8. A white man on a New York City Subway verbally assaulted two black women in July 2015. “Worthless stupid fucking stupid cunt,” he said. “Donald Trump 2016! Put them back in the fucking fields where they belong.” (src)

9. Black Lives Matter activist Mercutio Southall was choked and beaten by Trump supporters at a Birmingham, Alabama, campaign rally in August 2015. (src)

10. A black man and his white girlfriend kissing were stabbed by a self-described white supremacist in Olympia, Washington, on Aug. 16. The assailant reportedly told law enforcement that he had planned on attending a Trump rally to “stomp out” the Black Lives Matter group. (src)

13 and 14 are among the most frightening and violent on the list.

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This Facebook post about New York City commuters working together to remove swastikas and hate speech from a subway car is going viral

The best behavior can rise out of the worst situation.When confronted with racist graffiti, what should you do? Here’s a hopeful and inspiring story from one commuter who worked with the people on his train to get rid of the hateful symbols and words.

Image: Gregory Locke

Twitter unveils new anti-abuse tools that could help combat harassment in the Trump era

On Tuesday, Twitter announced updates to its policy and product that aim to make the digital wilderness a little less terrible to navigate. These changes couldn’t have come at a more vital time. Besides retraining staff on its harassment policies and adding a mute function, Twitter is providing better tools to users.

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94% of hate crimes against South Asians motivated by anti-Muslim sentiment, report says

  • The South Asian Americans Leading Together published a report on Wednesday documenting hate violence against South Asian, Arab, Middle Eastern, Sikh, Hindu and Muslim communities from November 2015 to November 2016. 
  • SAALT reported 207 instances of hate violence and xenophobic political rhetoric.
  • That’s an alarming 34% increase within less than one-third of the time covered in their 2011-2014 report Under Suspicion, Under Attack.
  • The new report found:
  • 140 incidents of hate violence of which 94% were influenced by anti-Muslim sentiment.
  • 67 instances of xenophobic political rhetoric used by key political figures and presidential candidates; 1 in 5 of these documented comments were by President-elect Donald Trump. 
  • 96% of all incidents of xenophobic political rhetoric were motivated by anti-Muslim sentiment.
  • A total of 196 incidents, or 95%, of all documented hate violence and xenophobic political rhetoric were motivated by anti-Muslim sentiment. Read more

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CAIR receives threatening anti-Muslim letter that says “Islam is to be feared”

  • The Council of Islamic American Relations Chicago chapter received a letter riddled with pro-Donald Trump material, anti-black slurs and anti-Muslim conspiracy theories on Monday.
  • Ahmed Rehab, executive director of CAIR-Chicago has reported the letter to the FBI.
  • In it, the author writes “Islam is to be feared and resisted,” it also referred to President Barack Obama as a “half-assed negro,” and “fascist Muslim dictator.”
  • The letter also contained a threatening message of an impending civil war and the CAIR-Chicago chapter as the first target. 
  • Rehab added they’ve received numerous threats through emails and on social media on a frequent basis but this was the first threatening letter since Trump’s victory.
  • One other concerning aspect of the letter, however, was how fake news seemed to inspire the sender.

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