Last revised April 2002
About the Pullman Human Rights Commission
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Pullman, WA 99165
Ten Ways to Fight
Community Response Guide
All over the country people are fighting hate.
Standing up to hate mongers. Promoting tolerance, acceptance and
inclusion. The Southern Poverty Law Center recently published a
community response guide to fight hate. This guide sets out ten
principles for fighting hate along with a collection of inspiring stories
of people who acted, often alone at first, to push hate out of their
communities. Their efforts usually made smaller headlines than the
acts of the haters, but they made a difference. The steps outlined
in this guide have been tested in scores of communities across the U.S. by
a wide range of human rights, religious and civic
One person, acting from conscience and love, can
neutralize bigotry. A group of people can create a moral barrier to
Ten Ways to Fight Hate:
- ACT Do
something. In the face of hatred, apathy will be interpreted as
acceptance—by the haters, the public, worse, the victim. Decency
must be exercised, if it isn’t, hate invariably persists.
- UNITE Call a
friend or co-worker. Organize a group of allies from churches,
schools, clubs and other civic sources. Create a diverse
coalition. Include children, police and the media. Gather ideas
from everyone, and get everyone involved.
- SUPPORT THE
VICTIMS Hate-crime victims are
especially vulnerable, fearful and alone. Let them know you
care. Surround them with people they feel comfortable with.
If you’re a victim, report every incident and ask for help.
- DO YOUR
HOMEWORK Determine if a hate group is
involved, and research its symbols and agenda. Seek advice from
anti-hate organizations. Accurate information can then be spread to the
- CREATE AN
ALTERNATIVE Do NOT
attend a hate rally. Find another outlet for anger and frustration
and people’s desire to do something. Hold a unity rally or parade.
Find a new hook, like a “hate-free zone.”
- SPEAK UP You too,
have First Amendment Rights. Hate must be exposed and
denounced. Buy an ad. Help news organizations achieve
balance and depth. Do not debate hate mongers in conflict-driven
- LOBBY LEADERS
Persuade politicians, business and community leaders to take a stand
against hate. Early action creates a positive reputation for the
community, while unanswered hate will eventually be bad for
- LOOK LONG
RANGE Create a
“bias response” team. Hold annual events, such as a parade or
culture fair, to celebrate your community’s diversity and harmony.
Build something the community needs. Create a Web site.
is learned early, usually at home. But children from different
cultures can be influenced by school programs and curricula.
Sponsor an “I have a dream” contest. Target youths who may be
tempted by skinheads or other hate groups.
- DIG DEEPER Look
into issues that divide us; economic inequality, immigration,
homosexuality. Work against discrimination in housing, employment,
and education. Look inside yourself for prejudices and
Obtain a full text of the Community Response Guide
from your local library or access the Southern Poverty Law Center web