Like many others, the recent US presidential election and the subsequent increase in hate crimes have been very troubling to me. As a new father, there are so many things I want to explain to my son. I want to put all of this in context, explain why people sometimes do things that are wrong, and ensure that he grows up to be a kind and compassionate person.
At just two months old, he’s still too young to understand, but I’ll record my thoughts here with the hope that someday he will read through these posts and know who his father is a little more clearly.
With the election of Donald Trump and his ties to the “alt right” white national party, racism and antisemitism has resurged in our country in a way that I have never seen before in my life.
With this unfortunate turn of events, we must remember what racism and antisemitism is.
Popularly, we call it hate, we call it prejudice – and it is all of those things. But it’s likely that those descriptors don’t resonate with some of the perpetrators of racism and anti-semitism.
There are, of course, some people who are truly disturbed or evil, but I would guess that many racists and anti-semites don’t see themselves as hateful at all. Rather, in a way, they are simply misusing statistics.