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Hate Crimes in the US News

American Exceptionalism & Hate Crimes

      American Exceptionalism & Hate Crimes When looking at the conception of America as an exceptional nation, a paradigm shift has occurred from a core principle of egalitarianism to that of superiority. The US foreign policy (eg drone strikes, border security, NSA global surveillance) prioritises US interests to the […]

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Report Reveals System Failures in U.S. Documentation of Hate Crimes

Report Reveals System Failures in U.S. Documentation of Hate Crimes Geneva, Switzerland, Sept. 16, 2013: The International Center for Advocates Against Discrimination (ICAAD) submitted a Shadow Report to the United Nations Human Rights Committee on Sept. 13, 2013, for the upcoming review of United States (U.S.) compliance […]

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Commun. Update: FBI Tracks Hate Crimes for Sikhs, Hindus, Arabs

The Battle for Inclusion has been Won; FBI Advisory Policy Board Votes to Track Sikh, Hindu, and Arab Hate Crimes The more difficult battle remains: getting the FBI to accurately document hate crimes nationally. WASHINGTON DC, June 13, 2013 – After intensive advocacy efforts, the Federal Bureau of […]

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Op-ed: The Rise of Hate Crimes Can Be Tied Directly to Hateful Speech

 The Rise of Hate Crimes Can Be Tied Directly to Hateful Speech External Link There is an indisputable link between inflammatory, bigoted rhetoric and the soaring incidence of hate crimes nationwide. It’s time we paid attention to the connection, write Hansdeep Singh and Simran Jeet Singh. Attorney […]

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Educational Consultation with Department of Justice (CRS) on Sikh Culture

External Link Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole Speaks at the Community Relations Service Sikh Cultural Competency Training Preview Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, September 19, 2012 “It is a great honor to join all of you as CRS previews the Department’s new cultural competency training. I would […]

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End Racial Profiling Act Statement

ICAAD’s Statement on the End Racial Profiling Act Provided for a Hearing by the Senate Subcommittee “Chairman Durbin, Ranking Member Graham and members of the Subcommittee:  I am honored to submit this testimony for the record on behalf of the International Center for Advocates Against Discrimination (ICAAD) […]

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This Civil Rights and Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we’d like to challenge you to reflect on how fear may have influenced your opinions, especially of others, and to take a step towards the courage to overcome those fears. Why the focus on fear you might ask?

Famed marketer and author Simon Sinek in his book “Start with Why” outlines six typical manipulations used in sales and marketing, one of which is the use of fear. On fear, Sinek says, “When fear is being employed, facts are incidental. Deeply seated in our biological drive to survive, that emotion cannot be quickly wiped away with facts and figures.”

In the current political atmosphere, in the U.S. and around the globe, fear is often used by politicians and campaigners to polarize debates and to demonize marginalized communities, using them as scapegoats for the real economic, social, and political challenges that societies face.

Martin Luther King, Jr. understood how important fear is, so much so that he gave a sermon on it named “Antidotes for Fear.” It’s worth reading in its entirety, especially because it recognizes the importance, necessity, and creativity of fear (kinginstitute.stanford.edu/king-papers/documents/draft-chapter-xiv-mastery-fear-or-antidotes-fear). However, particularly pertinent section was highlighted by King’s wife Coretta Scott King in her book “My life with Martin Luther King, Jr”:

“First Martin spoke of the many kinds of fear that troubled men and women in this period of change and "calamitous uncertainty"— fear of illness or economic disaster, fear of personal inadequacy in our highly competitive society. More terrible was the fear of death, even racial annihilation, in this atomic age, when the whole world teetered on "a balance of terror . . . fearful lest some diplomatic faux pas ignite a frightful holocaust."

"Some fears are normal and necessary," he said, like the fear of snakes in a jungle, but when they become neurotic and unchecked, they paralyze the will and reduce a man to apathy or despair. He quoted Emerson, who wrote, "He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear."

How, then, to overcome fear? First, Martin said, "We must un-flinchingly face our fears . . . this confrontation will, to some measure, grant us power. . . . "Second, we can master fear through one of the supreme virtues known to man— courage . . . courage is the power of the mind to overcome fear.”"

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