Musings —06.07.2011 10:14 AM—
Attacks on Jews and Arabs (and West Asians) are up substantially, according to this depressing report.
Why? Well, I’ve written a couple books on this subject, and – generally – whenever the economy is down, these acts of hate become more frequent. That is the biggest factor, far above government policy or international crises.
As a society, we clearly need to condemn hate crime, and work together to end it. Dismissing hate as “hurt feelings,” or trotting out specious arguments about free speech, only serve to make a bad situation worse, in my opinion.
We have work to do. Time to do it.