Fighting Hate

Every year, thousands of Americans are the victims of despicable hate crimes. Whether motivated by race, religion, sexual identity, or disability, crimes that target people for who they are cannot be tolerated in a society that values equality, justice, and the rule of law. 

From white nationalists marching in the streets of Charlottesville to the hateful violence perpetrated against members of the LGBTQ community and rising anti-semitism here in our district, it is clear that America needs to fight back against a rising tide of hatred organized and perpetrated by domestic actors. 

While we have a President that traffics in hate, it is all the more important that we elect leaders to Congress armed with the facts, expertise, and track record to defend our values. It is incumbent upon our leaders to speak out and develop solutions to stop hate from harming Americans. 

Hatred is one of the most destructive and corrosive dynamics in any society. It destroys the bonds of trust and sense of safety across communities that are so critical for a nation to thrive, and as we are seeing all too often, it takes a horrific and bloody toll on innocent human lives. I received my Ph.D. studying these issues, and I have dedicated my life to fighting against just this sort of violence. I intend to continue this fight from the halls of Congress.

Currently, our response to hate is a patchwork of state and local efforts supported by limited federal coordination and funding. Local law enforcement is asked to voluntarily submit data on hate crime to federal authorities, and although domestic terrorism has killed far more Americans than foreign-inspired violence since 9/11, our federal security agencies have not appropriately prioritized it relative to the threat it poses.

Our response must be comprehensive, providing for urgent security needs while supporting the education and community-focused dialogue that will address the ignorance from which all hate stems. 

In Congress, I will fight to: 

  • Increase funding for the DHS Nonprofit Security Grant Program, which supports security for at-risk entities like synagogues, mosques, schools, and vulnerable communities 

  • Implement a National Hate Incident Reporting System under DHS/DOJ authority to gather information, standardize metrics, and mandate that state and local governments report all hate crimes to federal authorities

  • Fund programs at the FBI and across federal law enforcement, creating well-resourced divisions to specifically address domestic terrorism, white nationalism, and hate crimes 

  • Combat concerns of white-nationalism in the military by tightening background checks and ensuring that anti-bias education is introduced into military training

  • Implement anti-bias and anti-hate content in school curriculums and through extracurricular activities

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