Updated: May 4
In some ways, the term “hate crime” is too much of a catch-all. We need a more sophisticated language to counter different kinds of negative actions in different ways. We need to distinguish – from each other – responses to negative social media comment, specific threats to individuals, general threats to communities, physical attacks.
It is unrealistic to think that we can guard against all hate crimes but we can commit ourselves to learning about the kinds of hate crimes that are taking place in our communities, in our workplaces, and we can constantly raise other people’s awareness, to ensure that we make our spaces as hostile as possible for the haters.