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LGBTQ centers are getting vandalized and no one’s talking about it – The Daily Dot

BY RYAN BECKLER

A wave of attacks against LGBTQ community centersspanning coast-to-coastcropped up in the first months of 2017, receiving little national media coverage and no words of condemnation from the president.

Since President Donald Trump withdrew federal protections for transgender students in late February, three LGBTQ centers have been vandalized, bringing the total to at least five in the past month. But hate crimes against LGBTQ people have been on the rise since Novembers election, according to Heidi Beirich, the Intelligence Project Director at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

The truth is theres been a lot of groups of people victimized since the election [in November], especially the LGBTQ community, Beirich said, noting that LGBTQ people continue to be the groupmost likely to be targeted for hate crimes in the United States.

Most recently, at least one person riddled the Equality Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with a pellet gun. Hours later, an enraged man came into the same building, cursed out the front desk crew, and allegedly told staff, I wish you would all die.

The [shooting incident] made us mad and concerned, but that scared us to death, Toby Jenkins, the centers executive director told the Tulsa World on Monday. They cant hold in their bigot, and it just explodes on us like a volcano.

On the East coast, two men were seen on surveillance footage shattering the glass door of the Garden State Equality office in Asbury Park, New Jersey. And just a day after Trump announced his new transgender policy, vandals shattered a window of the Equality Florida office in Orlando.

Earlier in February, Milwaukees Diverse & Resilient Center was reportedly vandalized for the third time in two months, with F*g being graffitied in the most recent incident.

We cant be certain of the motives behind the vandalism or if the incidents are related, but we are aware that such attacks have increased across the country since the election, Gerald Coon, the president of Diverse & Resilient, told NBC News. We remain undeterred and will continue our work.

Out West, a Los Angeles LGBTQ center was spray-painted with the words F**k Trannies.

We see the same pattern, SPLCs Heidi Beirich said. Trump will attack a group of people and then we see incidents of hate crimes afterward.

The recent rise in attacks against the LGBTQ community come alongside an even sharper rise in threats to Jewish Community Centers. Those incidents were finally, explicitly condemned by President Trump in late Februaryafter many criticized his weeks-long silence.

Also in late February, the president backtracked on his promise to fight for transgender people, by rolling back an Obama administration rule to allow students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. A report in December found that a majority of trans people in America were already avoiding public restrooms.

The White House did not return a request for comment.

This story originally appeared on Vocativ and has been republished with permission.

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LGBT Centers Are Getting Vandalized And No One’s Talking About It … – Vocativ

A wave of attacks against LGBT community centers spanning coast-to-coast cropped up in the first months of 2017, receiving little national media coverage and no words of condemnation from the president.

Since President Donald Trump withdrew federal protections for transgender students in late February, three LGBT centers have been vandalized, bringing the total to at least five in the past month. But hate crimes against LGBT people have been on the rise since Novembers election, according to Heidi Beirich, the Intelligence Project Director at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

The truth is theres been a lot of groups of people victimized since the election [in November], especially the LGBT community, Beirich said, noting that LGBT people continue to be the groupmost likely to be targeted for hate crimes in the United States.

Most recently, at least one person riddled the Equality Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with a pellet gun. Hours later, an enraged man came into the same building, cursed out the front desk crew, and allegedly told staff, I wish you would all die.

The [shooting incident] made us mad and concerned, but that scared us to death, Toby Jenkins, the centers executive director told the Tulsa World on Monday. They cant hold in their bigot, and it just explodes on us like a volcano.

On the East coast, two men were seen on surveillance footage shattering the glass door of the Garden State Equality office in Asbury Park, New Jersey. And just a day after Trump announced his new transgender policy, vandals shattered a window of the Equality Florida office in Orlando.

Earlier in February, Milwaukees Diverse & Resilient Center was reportedly vandalized for the third time in two months, with F*g being graffitied in the most recent incident.

We cant be certain of the motives behind the vandalism or if the incidents are related, but we are aware that such attacks have increased across the country since the election, Gerald Coon, the president of Diverse & Resilient, told NBC News. We remain undeterred and will continue our work.

Out West, an Los Angeles LGBT center was spray painted with the words F**k Trannies.

We see the same pattern, SPLCs Heidi Beirich said. Trump will attack a group of people and then we see incidents of hate crimes afterward.

The recent rise in attacks against the LGBT community come alongside an even sharper rise in threats to Jewish Community Centers. Those incidents were finally, explicitly condemned by President Trump in late February after many criticized his weeks-long silence.

Also in late February, the president backtracked on his promise to fight for transgender people, by rolling back an Obama administration rule to allow students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. A report in December found that a majority of trans people in America were already avoiding public restrooms.

The White House did not return a request for comment.

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Anti-Semitism’s Newest Apologist? David Bernstein. – Jewish Journal

Not even the title of David Bernsteins recentWashington Post column, The Great Anti-SemitismPanicof 2017, makes sense. Most everything that follows makes even less. I mean, if you start withsuch adramaticassertionJews! Panic! then you betterhave some facts to back it up. Guess what? He doesnt.

Granted,mostJews I know and I mostly know Jews panic over something somewheresometime during the day. Its not a bug, its a feature. Then we make jokes about our panic, and then we sell a sitcom.

But Bernstein is implying the most Jews are panicked specifically over the increase in anti-Semitic threats,desecrations and social media memes. He writes:

Ive been rather taken aback by the panic in the Jewish community over American anti-Semitism since Donald Trump won the election. The recent spate of hoax bombing threats to Jewish community centers and other Jewish institutions around the country has been a precipitating factor, but the fear is drastically out of proportion to the threat; .

His evidence for this? Zilch. Because while Jewish communities have increased securityand called on authorities including President Donald Trump to acknowledge and investigatethe recent wave of anti-semitic acts, they havent done anything that could be seen as a sign of over-reaction or panic. They havent closed down schools, synagogues and community centers. They havent turned their institutions into barbed wired enclaves. They havent put their stocks into gold, or packed a single bag. They havent stopped wearing Jewish starsaround their necks or kipas on their heads. These would be actual signs of panic.

True, some Jewish leaders assertedthatanti-Semitic acts are at a level not seen in America since the 1930s, which is highly debatable. But considering the lack of clarity on the actual numbersbehind the statistical burst, those kinds of initial claims are understandable.

To strengthen his assertion, Bernstein misleads his readers.

By contrast, in the past decade or so there have been actual murdersat a JCCand aJewish federation officewithout precipitating such panic.

Our paper covered the JCC shooting, which took place in Los Angeles. If you want to see panic look at the photos from that awful day. Read about the chaos surrounding the pursuit and capture of the perpetrator, and the investigation into possible accomplices. Institutions all over the cityacross the country were locked down. Parents kept their kids home. Teams of psychologists worked for weeksto calm parents, children and administrators. A massive march was organized in response. It was the kind of understandable reactionany community would exhibit after such an event. Whats happening now rightly pales in comparison.

Bernsteins agenda, it seems, is not to assess the true nature of the Jewish response, but to slam Jews for panic, then pin that ontheir opposition to the president. He attacks a fakeJewish response in order to defend thereal Donald Trump.

It seems that much of the panic is in fact due to Trump, Bernstein writes, with the JCC threats seen as a potential first sign of the deteriorating status of American Jews.

So Bernstein moves quickly from not-establishing panic to defending Trump and his supporters.

Ive lost track of how many times Jewish friends and acquaintances in my Facebook feed have asserted, as a matter of settled fact, that Bannons website BreitbartNews is a white-supremacist, anti-Semitic site. I took the liberty of searching for every article published at Breitbart that has the words Jew, Jewish, Israel or anti-Semitism in it, and can vouch for the fact that the website is not only not anti-Semitic, but often criticizes anti-Semitism (though it is quite ideologically selective in which types of anti-Semitism it chooses to focus on). Ive invited Bannons Facebook critics to actually look at Breitbart and do a similar search on the site, and each has declined, generally suggesting that it would be beneath them to look at such a site, when they alreadyknowits anti-Semitic.

Im one of those people who have raised concerns about Breitbart.com, and it had nothing to do with individual articles. Indeed, some of Breitbart.coms best friends and editors are Jewish. But the site, as Steve Bannon has said, is a platform for the alt-right, and it has fomented and reaffirmed through its coverage and comments a deep antagonism toward Jews. Heres what I found:

You would think, for instance, that the comments following one story about how Islamic extremism is driving Jews from France would evoke standard Breitbart-issue Islamaphobia. Instead, the comments quickly turn to how the Jews brought on their own destruction in Nazi Europe by fomenting the pre-World War I revolutions.

The atheist Jews hate themselves and hate Christianity even more, wrote commenter gotham1883.

1933-1939? You are autistic?, wrote ExDeo. 1933 was the year Europe freed itself from Jewish control and finally RESTORED BORDERS and ENDED DEGENERACY. If anything the modern era is reminiscent of the DECADENCE of PRE WAR GERMANY, where ALL VICES (prostitution, drug use) financed by JEWS prospered and where MEDIA/FINANCE/POLITICS were controlled to oppress Europeans.

Heres another comment, following Trump election news: It seems apparent that we need to get back to what the founders intended America to be: a new homeland for White European only immigrants. Jews can go to Israel, blacks can go to Africa, etc. We dont need the melting pot subversive lie of Jew Israel Zangwill! Jews dont want goyim in Israel, blacks dont want whites in Africa, and the world is ok with that. We dont want/need ANY of you here so GTFO as multiculturalism is a failed concept re-branded and promoted by Jews to serve their interests in every country but Israel! FACT! Game over! Go be with your people and leave us ALONE!

Someone hiding behind the name Cannon Fodder added: all I need is the glorious yuks of the left and jews destroying themselves.

I collected those after spending five minutes on the site. As the techies say, these comments arent a bug of Breitbart, theyre a feature.

Ben Shapiro, former editor-at-large of Breitbart.com and a longtime associate of Bannon, said whether Bannon believes this garbage is irrelevant. The neo-Nazis use Breitbart.com and the high profile of its creator to strengthen their voice and advance their agenda.

The alt-right would say, Bannon isnt one of us. Breitbart isnt us. Trump isnt one of us. But theyre the most useful tool weve ever found, Shapiro wrote.

Ben Shapiro, no liberal sap, believes Breitbart.com is the most useful tool for the alt-right. But Bernstein thinks his liberal Facebook friends who think the same are just full of panic.

Onshaky ground defending Trumps various and well-documented overtures to the alt-right, Bernstein accuses liberal Jews of claiming that Trump supporters are more anti-Semitic than the public at large.

I have many times asked for empirical evidence that supports this proposition, and have so far come up empty. I dont rule out the possibility that its true, but there doesnt seem to be any survey or other evidence supporting it.

Data would be great, we all love data. In the meantime, the lack of numbers doesnt negate well-documented racist and anti-semitic actsperpetrated as Donald Trump ascended to nominee and then president.

The first day of his campaign, he bashed immigrants and said Mexicans are rapists, Heidi Beirich, director of the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Centertold Salon. The entire campaign included xenophobic remarks, anti-immigrant remarks, anti-Muslim remarks, racist remarks, trading in anti-Semitic imagery and anti-women comments. Lets not forget that during the campaign there were hate crimes committed very severe ones in Trumps name. For example, there was an immigrant in Boston who was beaten by two Trump supporters.

There was a failed attack on a mosque by a Trump supporter in Los Angeles. Then the pattern accelerated, within hours right after the electoral vote was counted. The pattern of the attacks followed the language he used. Immigrant is No. 1; Muslims, No. 2. You can go right down the list and see that based on who he attacked in the campaign, they then became victims after the election.

Is all this anti-semitism? Not always, but Jews becomeunderstandably concernedwhen anti-minority groups are off leash. And it turns out, with good reason.

Ive experienced more pure, unadulterated anti-Semitism since coming out against Trumps candidacy than at any other time in my political career, Shapiro wrote in the National Review. Trump supporters have threatened me and other Jews who hold my viewpoint. Theyve blown up my e-mail inbox with anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. They greeted the birth of my second child by calling for me, my wife, and two children to be thrown into a gas chambers.

It takes an almost goofy, willful denial to avoid the fact that Trumps candidacy has bred an anti-semitism on the right.

William Johnson, an LA Lawyer named by the ADL as one of the 10 most prominent white supremacists in America, told the Jewish Journal: Virtually all of the white nationalist movement is behind Donald Trump.

This doesnt negate left-wing anti-semitism and anti-Zionism. Butyou could make the argument that the organized Jewish community has so farresponded to Trump-inspired anti-semitism withfar less panic and far less resources than it has to BDS andcampus anti-Zionism. The Jewish world is awash in groups dedicated to fighting BDS and steeling our college kids against the anti-Israel crowd. But many of our leaders have been outright timid in saying a cross word against Trump when it comes to the revivalof good old right-wing Jew-hating or Muslim- or Mexican- or women-hating.

Yet in Bernsteins effortto soldier on for Trump, it is the Jews who express concern about anti-semitism who arethe ones to blame.

Jewish defense groups, most prominently the Anti-Defamation League, have stoked the panic with wildly exaggerated rhetoric. Jonathan Greenblatt, a former Democratic politico who now runs the ADL, stated in November that the American Jewish community has not seen this level of anti-Semitism in mainstream political and public discourse since the 1930s.

Im not sure why Bernstein puts quotes around the defense in Jewish defense groups, likely because he has no idea what they actually do. Nor does he bother to share with readersADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatts measured statements on Trump, like this one: Those who say [Trump]doesnt understand [Jews] and has no connection to us are wrong.

Greenblatt has challenged Trump where he has fallen short as in still adhering to a favored white supremacist trope that the Holocaust was not a specifically Jewish genocide. ButI challenge Bernstein to find examples where Greenblatt who was an outspoken critic of his former bosss Iran deal has been unduly partisan.

Im going to skip over more dumb stuff, like the idea that only the far leftuses neo-cons as a code for Jews, or that the ADL is going after Trump because it has discovered a mother lode of donations in the Black Lives Matter/LGBT community (okay, that latter claim is so preposterousI cant resist, having heard personally from Republican ADL supporters who stand by Greenblatts statements and have increased their support).

Then Bernstein concludes with a falsehood. He writes that Jewscare less about the uptick in anti-semitism and more about Arab immigration to the United States. He provides zero evidence because, well, there is none.

The irony of all this is that if you talk privately to those who work in the Jewish organization world, many will confide that the greatest threat to the security of the American Jewish community is changing demographics, which is a euphemism for a growing population of Arab migrants to the United States.

I speak with those who work in the Jewish organizational world for a living on the record, off the record, over coffee, at bar mitzvahs. Not one, much less many, has expressed fear over the relatively minute amounts of Arab immigrants coming to America. (Bernstein uses Arab to mean Muslim, though of course not all Arabs are Muslims).

Instead, this is what many in the Jewish organizational world are doing:

The American Jewish Committee has joined with the Islamic Society of North America to launch the Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council, a group of religious and business leaders from both communities who will help draft domestic policy legislation and advocate on issues of shared concern.

The Shalom Hartman Institutecreated theMuslim Leadership Initiative, which educates young Muslim leaders about Judaism and Israel.

Rabbi Marc Schneier, co-founder of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, launched an initiative called Muslims are Speaking Outthathighlights Muslim condemnations of extremism and aims to dispel misconceptions Americans have about the Muslim community.

NewGround, a Muslim-Jewish group in Los Angeles, launched a Circle of Courage campaign in which young Muslims and Jews share their storiesin public areas, like the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, CA.

All this takes place with mainstream private and foundation funding. And it is a small sample of the lack of fear and panic overtaking the Jewish community, and the lack of concern about the threat American Muslims pose to the Jews who live and thrive here.

So Bernstein is wrong on allcounts: American Jews arent in a panic over the increase in anti-semitic acts, they arent panicked about Muslims or Muslim refugees, and they areclear, unlike David Bernstein, as towho is most responsible for the rebirth of alt-right Jew hatred today.

Rob Eshman is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of TRIBE Media. He is on Twitter and Instagram @foodaism and @robeshman. His email is here.

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Twitter briefly suspends former KKK leader David Duke – WGBA-TV

SAN FRANCISCO (CNNMoney) — Twitter briefly suspended David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan leader, on Monday.

For a few hours Monday morning, users who tried viewing Duke’s tweets saw a message that the account was suspended. The company reinstated the account, and Duke tweeted that he didn’t know why he had been suspended.

In recent months, Twitter has doubled down on policing abuse, harassment, and hate speech on its platform.

Last week, the company added an automated system for banning users who violate its terms of service, and implemented new tools for individuals to be able to mute accounts.

Twitter previously banned white nationalist Richard Spencer, though his account was reinstated. Last year, the social network permanently banned Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos after he instigated a torrent of harassment at actress Leslie Jones.

Critics say Twitter isn’t doing enough to prevent harassment and bullying on its platform, and the company is working to change that. For instance, during the 2016 presidential election, anti-Semitic attacks on Twitter users increased. In October, the Anti-Defamation League found almost 20,000 of those tweets targeted 800 journalists.

It’s unclear what prompted the social network to shut down Duke’s account, but he has previously tweeted anti-Semitic and racist comments. Prior to the suspension, he had over 30,000 followers. After being reinstated, he had just over 100 followers. It took several hours for the follower count to reach the original level.

Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“I can make no sense why people lose their accounts and get them reinstated,” Heidi Beirich, director of Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, said. “I feel like if Twitter wants to get serious about reigning in hate speech, there’s no reason for a David Duke or a Richard Spencer to be on the platform.”

The SPLC tracks hate speech on Twitter, and when Twitter banned some white nationalist accounts in November, the organization highlighted numerous examples of extremist accounts that were still active on the site.

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Why presidents speak out against religious hate and why people notice when Trump doesn’t – McClatchy Washington Bureau


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Intent different than impact – Shield (subscription)

Philosophy club reacts to hate speech

Nigel Meyer, Special to The Shield March 1, 2017

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Cameron Clark was walking into the Art Center from the back entrance facing the parking lots Feb. 6 when he found an unfamiliar term chalked onto the wall next to the doors.

The chalk read Fight Cultural Marxism and, since the term was unfamiliar to Clark, it sparked his interest and led him to ultimately call for its removal.

Cultural Marxism, another term for political correctness, was adopted in the 1990s by American conservatives and continues to resonate today with right-leaning and libertarian groups.

Clark, the president of the Philosophy Club, took the chalked phrase to Associate Professor of Philosophy Mary Lyn Stoll who told him more about the hateful nature of the term and its use within alt-right literature.

Originally used in the academic setting, the term represents a counter to political correctness and progressive politics.

Director of the Southern Poverty Law Centers Intelligence Project Heidi Beirich said it is used to demonize feminists, homosexuals, secular humanists, multiculturalists, sex educators, environmentalists, immigrants, and black nationalists.

As far as epistemic authority, Dr. (Garret) Merriam was the person who told me he had definitely heard the term used in this manner, said Clark.

After understand the full weight of what the chalking was conveying, Clark called Dean of Students Bryan Rush.

Though unfamiliar with the phrase, Rush said he came to recognize the hateful implications of the writing and had campus security promptly remove it.

Rush said the universitys concern is to fight hate speech while protecting free speech.

When you think of hate speech, thats not language that would normally come up, but folks reactions, visceral reactions to different phrases and terminology, it varies from person to person, Dr. Rush said. There is always a fine line that we try to walk as we navigate hate speech and free speech. Intent is very different from impact.

Clark said it is the intent that concerns him the most. Being as nuanced as the phrase is, he said he sees the chalking as more of a recruitment tool for far right and alt-righters as opposed to direct hate speech.

Because this terminology is so obscure and its just more recently been getting back into rotation in our language, it makes me heavily suspect that whoever wrote this is familiar with that rhetoric, is familiar with the alt-right movement, Clark said. I feel like it is something that is directed more towards other members of that alt-right community to let them know that, Hey, our presence is here at USI. Its very, very specific language.

To counter the chalking, Philosophy Club members changed the name of their event Racism in Prisons to Fighting Racism in Prisons and began to promote the event through chalkings across campus.

We kind of pulled from their language and made it a very obvious anti-racists chalking that also supported the event, Clark said.

For more information about hate speech on campus, contact the USI Dean of Students office or contact Cameron Clark about the USI Philosophy Clubs meetings.

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LGBTQ centers are getting vandalized and no one’s talking about it – The Daily Dot

BY RYAN BECKLER A wave of attacks against LGBTQ community centersspanning coast-to-coastcropped up in the first months of 2017, receiving little national media coverage and no words of condemnation from the president. Since President Donald Trump withdrew federal protections for transgender students in late February, three LGBTQ centers have been vandalized, bringing the total to at least five in the past month. But hate crimes against LGBTQ people have been on the rise since Novembers election, according to Heidi Beirich, the Intelligence Project Director at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The truth is theres been a lot of groups of people victimized since the election [in November], especially the LGBTQ community, Beirich said, noting that LGBTQ people continue to be the groupmost likely to be targeted for hate crimes in the United States. Most recently, at least one person riddled the Equality Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with a pellet gun. Hours later, an enraged man came into the same building, cursed out the front desk crew, and allegedly told staff, I wish you would all die. The [shooting incident] made us mad and concerned, but that scared us to death, Toby Jenkins, the centers executive director told the Tulsa World on Monday. They cant hold in their bigot, and it just explodes on us like a volcano. On the East coast, two men were seen on surveillance footage shattering the glass door of the Garden State Equality office in Asbury Park, New Jersey. And just a day after Trump announced his new transgender policy, vandals shattered a window of the Equality Florida office in Orlando. Earlier in February, Milwaukees Diverse & Resilient Center was reportedly vandalized for the third time in two months, with F*g being graffitied in the most recent incident. We cant be certain of the motives behind the vandalism or if the incidents are related, but we are aware that such attacks have increased across the country since the election, Gerald Coon, the president of Diverse & Resilient, told NBC News. We remain undeterred and will continue our work. Out West, a Los Angeles LGBTQ center was spray-painted with the words F**k Trannies. We see the same pattern, SPLCs Heidi Beirich said. Trump will attack a group of people and then we see incidents of hate crimes afterward. The recent rise in attacks against the LGBTQ community come alongside an even sharper rise in threats to Jewish Community Centers. Those incidents were finally, explicitly condemned by President Trump in late Februaryafter many criticized his weeks-long silence. Also in late February, the president backtracked on his promise to fight for transgender people, by rolling back an Obama administration rule to allow students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. A report in December found that a majority of trans people in America were already avoiding public restrooms. The White House did not return a request for comment. This story originally appeared on Vocativ and has been republished with permission.

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LGBT Centers Are Getting Vandalized And No One’s Talking About It … – Vocativ

A wave of attacks against LGBT community centers spanning coast-to-coast cropped up in the first months of 2017, receiving little national media coverage and no words of condemnation from the president. Since President Donald Trump withdrew federal protections for transgender students in late February, three LGBT centers have been vandalized, bringing the total to at least five in the past month. But hate crimes against LGBT people have been on the rise since Novembers election, according to Heidi Beirich, the Intelligence Project Director at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The truth is theres been a lot of groups of people victimized since the election [in November], especially the LGBT community, Beirich said, noting that LGBT people continue to be the groupmost likely to be targeted for hate crimes in the United States. Most recently, at least one person riddled the Equality Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with a pellet gun. Hours later, an enraged man came into the same building, cursed out the front desk crew, and allegedly told staff, I wish you would all die. The [shooting incident] made us mad and concerned, but that scared us to death, Toby Jenkins, the centers executive director told the Tulsa World on Monday. They cant hold in their bigot, and it just explodes on us like a volcano. On the East coast, two men were seen on surveillance footage shattering the glass door of the Garden State Equality office in Asbury Park, New Jersey. And just a day after Trump announced his new transgender policy, vandals shattered a window of the Equality Florida office in Orlando. Earlier in February, Milwaukees Diverse & Resilient Center was reportedly vandalized for the third time in two months, with F*g being graffitied in the most recent incident. We cant be certain of the motives behind the vandalism or if the incidents are related, but we are aware that such attacks have increased across the country since the election, Gerald Coon, the president of Diverse & Resilient, told NBC News. We remain undeterred and will continue our work. Out West, an Los Angeles LGBT center was spray painted with the words F**k Trannies. We see the same pattern, SPLCs Heidi Beirich said. Trump will attack a group of people and then we see incidents of hate crimes afterward. The recent rise in attacks against the LGBT community come alongside an even sharper rise in threats to Jewish Community Centers. Those incidents were finally, explicitly condemned by President Trump in late February after many criticized his weeks-long silence. Also in late February, the president backtracked on his promise to fight for transgender people, by rolling back an Obama administration rule to allow students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. A report in December found that a majority of trans people in America were already avoiding public restrooms. The White House did not return a request for comment.

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Anti-Semitism’s Newest Apologist? David Bernstein. – Jewish Journal

Not even the title of David Bernsteins recentWashington Post column, The Great Anti-SemitismPanicof 2017, makes sense. Most everything that follows makes even less. I mean, if you start withsuch adramaticassertionJews! Panic! then you betterhave some facts to back it up. Guess what? He doesnt. Granted,mostJews I know and I mostly know Jews panic over something somewheresometime during the day. Its not a bug, its a feature. Then we make jokes about our panic, and then we sell a sitcom. But Bernstein is implying the most Jews are panicked specifically over the increase in anti-Semitic threats,desecrations and social media memes. He writes: Ive been rather taken aback by the panic in the Jewish community over American anti-Semitism since Donald Trump won the election. The recent spate of hoax bombing threats to Jewish community centers and other Jewish institutions around the country has been a precipitating factor, but the fear is drastically out of proportion to the threat; . His evidence for this? Zilch. Because while Jewish communities have increased securityand called on authorities including President Donald Trump to acknowledge and investigatethe recent wave of anti-semitic acts, they havent done anything that could be seen as a sign of over-reaction or panic. They havent closed down schools, synagogues and community centers. They havent turned their institutions into barbed wired enclaves. They havent put their stocks into gold, or packed a single bag. They havent stopped wearing Jewish starsaround their necks or kipas on their heads. These would be actual signs of panic. True, some Jewish leaders assertedthatanti-Semitic acts are at a level not seen in America since the 1930s, which is highly debatable. But considering the lack of clarity on the actual numbersbehind the statistical burst, those kinds of initial claims are understandable. To strengthen his assertion, Bernstein misleads his readers. By contrast, in the past decade or so there have been actual murdersat a JCCand aJewish federation officewithout precipitating such panic. Our paper covered the JCC shooting, which took place in Los Angeles. If you want to see panic look at the photos from that awful day. Read about the chaos surrounding the pursuit and capture of the perpetrator, and the investigation into possible accomplices. Institutions all over the cityacross the country were locked down. Parents kept their kids home. Teams of psychologists worked for weeksto calm parents, children and administrators. A massive march was organized in response. It was the kind of understandable reactionany community would exhibit after such an event. Whats happening now rightly pales in comparison. Bernsteins agenda, it seems, is not to assess the true nature of the Jewish response, but to slam Jews for panic, then pin that ontheir opposition to the president. He attacks a fakeJewish response in order to defend thereal Donald Trump. It seems that much of the panic is in fact due to Trump, Bernstein writes, with the JCC threats seen as a potential first sign of the deteriorating status of American Jews. So Bernstein moves quickly from not-establishing panic to defending Trump and his supporters. Ive lost track of how many times Jewish friends and acquaintances in my Facebook feed have asserted, as a matter of settled fact, that Bannons website BreitbartNews is a white-supremacist, anti-Semitic site. I took the liberty of searching for every article published at Breitbart that has the words Jew, Jewish, Israel or anti-Semitism in it, and can vouch for the fact that the website is not only not anti-Semitic, but often criticizes anti-Semitism (though it is quite ideologically selective in which types of anti-Semitism it chooses to focus on). Ive invited Bannons Facebook critics to actually look at Breitbart and do a similar search on the site, and each has declined, generally suggesting that it would be beneath them to look at such a site, when they alreadyknowits anti-Semitic. Im one of those people who have raised concerns about Breitbart.com, and it had nothing to do with individual articles. Indeed, some of Breitbart.coms best friends and editors are Jewish. But the site, as Steve Bannon has said, is a platform for the alt-right, and it has fomented and reaffirmed through its coverage and comments a deep antagonism toward Jews. Heres what I found: You would think, for instance, that the comments following one story about how Islamic extremism is driving Jews from France would evoke standard Breitbart-issue Islamaphobia. Instead, the comments quickly turn to how the Jews brought on their own destruction in Nazi Europe by fomenting the pre-World War I revolutions. The atheist Jews hate themselves and hate Christianity even more, wrote commenter gotham1883. 1933-1939? You are autistic?, wrote ExDeo. 1933 was the year Europe freed itself from Jewish control and finally RESTORED BORDERS and ENDED DEGENERACY. If anything the modern era is reminiscent of the DECADENCE of PRE WAR GERMANY, where ALL VICES (prostitution, drug use) financed by JEWS prospered and where MEDIA/FINANCE/POLITICS were controlled to oppress Europeans. Heres another comment, following Trump election news: It seems apparent that we need to get back to what the founders intended America to be: a new homeland for White European only immigrants. Jews can go to Israel, blacks can go to Africa, etc. We dont need the melting pot subversive lie of Jew Israel Zangwill! Jews dont want goyim in Israel, blacks dont want whites in Africa, and the world is ok with that. We dont want/need ANY of you here so GTFO as multiculturalism is a failed concept re-branded and promoted by Jews to serve their interests in every country but Israel! FACT! Game over! Go be with your people and leave us ALONE! Someone hiding behind the name Cannon Fodder added: all I need is the glorious yuks of the left and jews destroying themselves. I collected those after spending five minutes on the site. As the techies say, these comments arent a bug of Breitbart, theyre a feature. Ben Shapiro, former editor-at-large of Breitbart.com and a longtime associate of Bannon, said whether Bannon believes this garbage is irrelevant. The neo-Nazis use Breitbart.com and the high profile of its creator to strengthen their voice and advance their agenda. The alt-right would say, Bannon isnt one of us. Breitbart isnt us. Trump isnt one of us. But theyre the most useful tool weve ever found, Shapiro wrote. Ben Shapiro, no liberal sap, believes Breitbart.com is the most useful tool for the alt-right. But Bernstein thinks his liberal Facebook friends who think the same are just full of panic. Onshaky ground defending Trumps various and well-documented overtures to the alt-right, Bernstein accuses liberal Jews of claiming that Trump supporters are more anti-Semitic than the public at large. I have many times asked for empirical evidence that supports this proposition, and have so far come up empty. I dont rule out the possibility that its true, but there doesnt seem to be any survey or other evidence supporting it. Data would be great, we all love data. In the meantime, the lack of numbers doesnt negate well-documented racist and anti-semitic actsperpetrated as Donald Trump ascended to nominee and then president. The first day of his campaign, he bashed immigrants and said Mexicans are rapists, Heidi Beirich, director of the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Centertold Salon. The entire campaign included xenophobic remarks, anti-immigrant remarks, anti-Muslim remarks, racist remarks, trading in anti-Semitic imagery and anti-women comments. Lets not forget that during the campaign there were hate crimes committed very severe ones in Trumps name. For example, there was an immigrant in Boston who was beaten by two Trump supporters. There was a failed attack on a mosque by a Trump supporter in Los Angeles. Then the pattern accelerated, within hours right after the electoral vote was counted. The pattern of the attacks followed the language he used. Immigrant is No. 1; Muslims, No. 2. You can go right down the list and see that based on who he attacked in the campaign, they then became victims after the election. Is all this anti-semitism? Not always, but Jews becomeunderstandably concernedwhen anti-minority groups are off leash. And it turns out, with good reason. Ive experienced more pure, unadulterated anti-Semitism since coming out against Trumps candidacy than at any other time in my political career, Shapiro wrote in the National Review. Trump supporters have threatened me and other Jews who hold my viewpoint. Theyve blown up my e-mail inbox with anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. They greeted the birth of my second child by calling for me, my wife, and two children to be thrown into a gas chambers. It takes an almost goofy, willful denial to avoid the fact that Trumps candidacy has bred an anti-semitism on the right. William Johnson, an LA Lawyer named by the ADL as one of the 10 most prominent white supremacists in America, told the Jewish Journal: Virtually all of the white nationalist movement is behind Donald Trump. This doesnt negate left-wing anti-semitism and anti-Zionism. Butyou could make the argument that the organized Jewish community has so farresponded to Trump-inspired anti-semitism withfar less panic and far less resources than it has to BDS andcampus anti-Zionism. The Jewish world is awash in groups dedicated to fighting BDS and steeling our college kids against the anti-Israel crowd. But many of our leaders have been outright timid in saying a cross word against Trump when it comes to the revivalof good old right-wing Jew-hating or Muslim- or Mexican- or women-hating. Yet in Bernsteins effortto soldier on for Trump, it is the Jews who express concern about anti-semitism who arethe ones to blame. Jewish defense groups, most prominently the Anti-Defamation League, have stoked the panic with wildly exaggerated rhetoric. Jonathan Greenblatt, a former Democratic politico who now runs the ADL, stated in November that the American Jewish community has not seen this level of anti-Semitism in mainstream political and public discourse since the 1930s. Im not sure why Bernstein puts quotes around the defense in Jewish defense groups, likely because he has no idea what they actually do. Nor does he bother to share with readersADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatts measured statements on Trump, like this one: Those who say [Trump]doesnt understand [Jews] and has no connection to us are wrong. Greenblatt has challenged Trump where he has fallen short as in still adhering to a favored white supremacist trope that the Holocaust was not a specifically Jewish genocide. ButI challenge Bernstein to find examples where Greenblatt who was an outspoken critic of his former bosss Iran deal has been unduly partisan. Im going to skip over more dumb stuff, like the idea that only the far leftuses neo-cons as a code for Jews, or that the ADL is going after Trump because it has discovered a mother lode of donations in the Black Lives Matter/LGBT community (okay, that latter claim is so preposterousI cant resist, having heard personally from Republican ADL supporters who stand by Greenblatts statements and have increased their support). Then Bernstein concludes with a falsehood. He writes that Jewscare less about the uptick in anti-semitism and more about Arab immigration to the United States. He provides zero evidence because, well, there is none. The irony of all this is that if you talk privately to those who work in the Jewish organization world, many will confide that the greatest threat to the security of the American Jewish community is changing demographics, which is a euphemism for a growing population of Arab migrants to the United States. I speak with those who work in the Jewish organizational world for a living on the record, off the record, over coffee, at bar mitzvahs. Not one, much less many, has expressed fear over the relatively minute amounts of Arab immigrants coming to America. (Bernstein uses Arab to mean Muslim, though of course not all Arabs are Muslims). Instead, this is what many in the Jewish organizational world are doing: The American Jewish Committee has joined with the Islamic Society of North America to launch the Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council, a group of religious and business leaders from both communities who will help draft domestic policy legislation and advocate on issues of shared concern. The Shalom Hartman Institutecreated theMuslim Leadership Initiative, which educates young Muslim leaders about Judaism and Israel. Rabbi Marc Schneier, co-founder of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, launched an initiative called Muslims are Speaking Outthathighlights Muslim condemnations of extremism and aims to dispel misconceptions Americans have about the Muslim community. NewGround, a Muslim-Jewish group in Los Angeles, launched a Circle of Courage campaign in which young Muslims and Jews share their storiesin public areas, like the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, CA. All this takes place with mainstream private and foundation funding. And it is a small sample of the lack of fear and panic overtaking the Jewish community, and the lack of concern about the threat American Muslims pose to the Jews who live and thrive here. So Bernstein is wrong on allcounts: American Jews arent in a panic over the increase in anti-semitic acts, they arent panicked about Muslims or Muslim refugees, and they areclear, unlike David Bernstein, as towho is most responsible for the rebirth of alt-right Jew hatred today. Rob Eshman is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of TRIBE Media. He is on Twitter and Instagram @foodaism and @robeshman. His email is here.

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Twitter briefly suspends former KKK leader David Duke – WGBA-TV

SAN FRANCISCO (CNNMoney) — Twitter briefly suspended David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan leader, on Monday. For a few hours Monday morning, users who tried viewing Duke’s tweets saw a message that the account was suspended. The company reinstated the account, and Duke tweeted that he didn’t know why he had been suspended. In recent months, Twitter has doubled down on policing abuse, harassment, and hate speech on its platform. Last week, the company added an automated system for banning users who violate its terms of service, and implemented new tools for individuals to be able to mute accounts. Twitter previously banned white nationalist Richard Spencer, though his account was reinstated. Last year, the social network permanently banned Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos after he instigated a torrent of harassment at actress Leslie Jones. Critics say Twitter isn’t doing enough to prevent harassment and bullying on its platform, and the company is working to change that. For instance, during the 2016 presidential election, anti-Semitic attacks on Twitter users increased. In October, the Anti-Defamation League found almost 20,000 of those tweets targeted 800 journalists. It’s unclear what prompted the social network to shut down Duke’s account, but he has previously tweeted anti-Semitic and racist comments. Prior to the suspension, he had over 30,000 followers. After being reinstated, he had just over 100 followers. It took several hours for the follower count to reach the original level. Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment. “I can make no sense why people lose their accounts and get them reinstated,” Heidi Beirich, director of Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, said. “I feel like if Twitter wants to get serious about reigning in hate speech, there’s no reason for a David Duke or a Richard Spencer to be on the platform.” The SPLC tracks hate speech on Twitter, and when Twitter banned some white nationalist accounts in November, the organization highlighted numerous examples of extremist accounts that were still active on the site. The-CNN-Wire & 2017 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.

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Why presidents speak out against religious hate and why people notice when Trump doesn’t – McClatchy Washington Bureau

McClatchy Washington Bureau Why presidents speak out against religious hate and why people notice when Trump doesn't McClatchy Washington Bureau The president, whoever that person is, is the highest elected official in the country and when they make a statement it's about who we are as a nation and about our values, said Heidi Beirich , director of the intelligence project at the Southern … and more »

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Why presidents speak out against religious hate and why people notice when Trump doesn’t – Merced Sun-Star

Why presidents speak out against religious hate and why people notice when Trump doesn't Merced Sun-Star The president, whoever that person is, is the highest elected official in the country and when they make a statement it's about who we are as a nation and about our values, said Heidi Beirich , director of the intelligence project at the Southern … and more »

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How to Fake an Islamophobia Crisis – Canada Free Press

Canada Free Press How to Fake an Islamophobia Crisis Canada Free Press After the attack, Heidi Beirich , in charge of adding targets to the SPLC's hate map, announced that she would be adding Bosch to the list because the Center now knows his location. Indeed the SPLC makes a point of highlighting the locations of likely … and more »

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Resign, Jeff Sessions. It’s Not About Russia, It’s About Justice – Common Dreams

Common Dreams Resign, Jeff Sessions. It's Not About Russia, It's About Justice Common Dreams The head of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Project, Heidi Beirich , reviewed Session's comments about Muslims and immigrants and concluded he had engaged in hate speech. She calls the new extent of Sessions' influence a tragedy for … Sessions met with Russian envoy twice last year, encounters he later did not disclose Washington Post all 3,607 news articles »

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Intent different than impact – Shield (subscription)

Philosophy club reacts to hate speech Nigel Meyer, Special to The Shield March 1, 2017 Share on Facebook Share via Email Cameron Clark was walking into the Art Center from the back entrance facing the parking lots Feb. 6 when he found an unfamiliar term chalked onto the wall next to the doors. The chalk read Fight Cultural Marxism and, since the term was unfamiliar to Clark, it sparked his interest and led him to ultimately call for its removal. Cultural Marxism, another term for political correctness, was adopted in the 1990s by American conservatives and continues to resonate today with right-leaning and libertarian groups. Clark, the president of the Philosophy Club, took the chalked phrase to Associate Professor of Philosophy Mary Lyn Stoll who told him more about the hateful nature of the term and its use within alt-right literature. Originally used in the academic setting, the term represents a counter to political correctness and progressive politics. Director of the Southern Poverty Law Centers Intelligence Project Heidi Beirich said it is used to demonize feminists, homosexuals, secular humanists, multiculturalists, sex educators, environmentalists, immigrants, and black nationalists. As far as epistemic authority, Dr. (Garret) Merriam was the person who told me he had definitely heard the term used in this manner, said Clark. After understand the full weight of what the chalking was conveying, Clark called Dean of Students Bryan Rush. Though unfamiliar with the phrase, Rush said he came to recognize the hateful implications of the writing and had campus security promptly remove it. Rush said the universitys concern is to fight hate speech while protecting free speech. When you think of hate speech, thats not language that would normally come up, but folks reactions, visceral reactions to different phrases and terminology, it varies from person to person, Dr. Rush said. There is always a fine line that we try to walk as we navigate hate speech and free speech. Intent is very different from impact. Clark said it is the intent that concerns him the most. Being as nuanced as the phrase is, he said he sees the chalking as more of a recruitment tool for far right and alt-righters as opposed to direct hate speech. Because this terminology is so obscure and its just more recently been getting back into rotation in our language, it makes me heavily suspect that whoever wrote this is familiar with that rhetoric, is familiar with the alt-right movement, Clark said. I feel like it is something that is directed more towards other members of that alt-right community to let them know that, Hey, our presence is here at USI. Its very, very specific language. To counter the chalking, Philosophy Club members changed the name of their event Racism in Prisons to Fighting Racism in Prisons and began to promote the event through chalkings across campus. We kind of pulled from their language and made it a very obvious anti-racists chalking that also supported the event, Clark said. For more information about hate speech on campus, contact the USI Dean of Students office or contact Cameron Clark about the USI Philosophy Clubs meetings.

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