Thursday, August 18, 2022

Do We Know Our Place?


I have had comments that I hate the conservatives… well I don’t hate them. I do not like them but I don’t hate them, however I think that their rhetoric is causing hate against us, and are fanning the fires of violence.

The latest FBI data on Hate Crimes shows, according to the website Equal Justice Initiative,

The FBI reported last week that 15,136 law enforcement agencies submitted incident reports involving 7,759 criminal incidents motivated by bias toward race, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender, and gender identity in 2020.

That’s the highest number of reported hate crime incidents since 2008, when 7,783 incidents were reported, and it reflects an increase of about 450 incidents from 2019—even though fewer law enforcement agencies reported hate crime incidents to the FBI in 2020 than in previous years.

Ask yourself why the rise in hate crimes?

The LA Times, 

‘An epidemic of hate’: Anti-Asian hate crimes in California jumped 177% in 2021

The number of hate crimes in California rose for the third year in a row in 2021 and included a sizable uptick in the number of anti-Asian crimes, according to a report from the state attorney general.

The California Department of Justice released its annual report on hate crimes on Tuesday morning, noting 1,763 reported hate crimes, up 33% from the year prior.

The website Health Affairs said,

Asian Americans largely feel scapegoated and blamed for the COVID-19 pandemic. Roughly two months after the first confirmed COVID-19 case in the US, 60 percent of Asian Americans reported having witnessed someone blaming people of Asian background for the coronavirus epidemic. This was a time when President Donald Trump regularly and directly blamed China for spreading COVID-19.

I do not know what to call the motivation of this violence besides “hate.” I think "dislike" is too understated.

White supremacists are marching in Charlotte North Carolina, in Boston Massachusetts, and around the country. What motivated them, why now? Do we call it hate?

And now their attention is directed at judges.

Donald Trump supporters send death threats to judge who approved Mar-a-Lago search
By Gary Fields, Associated Press
August 17, 2022

Hundreds of federal judges face the same task every day: review an affidavit submitted by federal agents and approve requests for a search warrant. But for U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart, the fallout from his decision to approve a search warrant has been far from routine.

He has faced a storm of death threats since his signature earlier this month cleared the way for the FBI to search former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate as part of a probe into whether he inappropriately removed sensitive materials from the White House. Reinhart’s home address was posted on right-wing sites, along with antisemitic slurs. The South Florida synagogue he attends canceled its Friday night Shabbat services in the wake of the uproar.

So what do you call these violence threats?

What is motivating this violence?

Do we keep quite and not call the violence what it is… hate?

Anti-gay hate crimes fell slightly in 2020, while anti-trans crimes rose, FBI says
For the second year in a row, hate crime incidents motivated by gender-identity bias increased by almost 20 percent last year, according to a new crime report.
NBC News
By Jo Yurcaba
September 1, 2021

Hate crimes based on sexual orientation dipped slightly last year, but crimes based on bias against trans and gender-nonconforming people continued to increase, new FBI data suggest. 


Although hate crime incidents motivated by anti-trans bias appear to be increasing, advocates have said government data often don’t tell the full story. 

Anecdotally, trans people have reported facing bias-motivated violence much more often. Advocates have said the discrepancy between FBI data and trans people’s lived experiences is a common theme when it comes to data collection on LGBTQ people.


Why do you think that the hate crimes against us has increased?

Do you think that over 250 anti-trans legislation has something to do with it?

Naples Daily News wrote,

“Across the state, districts have spent years working alongside their communities to create more inclusive school environments, implementing nationally recognized best practices for supporting all students. Now, the governor is politicizing those resources for the purpose of bolstering his election year bona fides. School districts routinely review and update these resources to remain in compliance with all applicable laws and provide the best possible support for students,” Wolf said in a statement to The News Service of Florida.

What do you call when people use others as pawns and don’t care what happens to the children?

Do you think calling us “groomers,” or calling us “pedophiles” by conservative politicians might have something to do with the the increase in violence? Do you think that the calls for banning books has anything to do with the violence directed at us?

The New York Daily Post had the headline, Fanning the flames: Trump and his allies are playing with fire by stoking paranoia.

Do we keep quite and not referrer to the death threats, violence, or bigotry?

Are we spreading the hate when we call out their hate?

Can the oppressed speak up?

Or are uppity and don’t know “our place?”

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Update 6:00PM

Boston Children's Hospital is receiving threats of violence in Boston,

Threats Against Boston Children's Hospital Leave Doctors Concerned for Family Safety
'We are working with law enforcement to protect our clinicians, staff, patients, families, and the broader Boston Children's community and hold the offenders accountable,' Boston Children's said in a statement Tuesday
NBC Boston 10
By Eli Rosenberg and Kaitlin McKinley Becker
August 18, 2022

Boston Children's Hospital is warning staff of increased threats of violence over the surgical care it offers to transgender youth.

The hospital says it is dealing with a large number of hostile phone calls and emails, with some threatening violence against doctors and staff.

"We are deeply concerned by these attacks on our clinicians and staff fueled by misinformation and a lack of understanding and respect for our transgender community,'' the hospital said in a statement posted to social media Tuesday.

Boston Children's became the focus of far-right social media accounts, news outlets and bloggers last week after they found informational YouTube videos published by the hospital weeks ago about surgical offerings for transgender patients.

Now tell is that hate against us or should I sugar coat it?

Video from CBS News

Update 9:30PM

Florida’s governor when up today to campaign for Doug Mastriano, the Republican candidate for governor in Pennsylvania. Which wouldn’t be note worthy however,
DeSantis knocked by Jewish leaders for rallying with Pennsylvania GOP candidate
Yahoo News
By Jon Ward·Chief National Correspondent
August 18, 2022

Florida Democrats and Jewish leaders joined religious groups in Pennsylvania in condemning Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., for his plans to appear Friday with Doug Mastriano, the Republican candidate for governor in Pennsylvania.

Mastriano’s ties to Gab, a right-wing social media site that has become a hub of antisemitic and racist commentary, have come under fire for the last few weeks.

“Do not go to Pennsylvania and do this. Be bigger than this. Be better than this,” Democratic activist Fred Guttenberg appealed to DeSantis. The Florida governor, a likely contender for the GOP’s 2024 presidential nomination, is currently running for reelection.


In April, Mastriano paid $5,000 to Gab for “consulting.” Gab bills itself as a champion of free speech but because of its lax moderation policies it has become a gathering place for conspiracy theorists and extremists, including those who espouse vicious antisemitic and white supremacist rhetoric.

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