Day 85: Fight White Supremacy

Fight White Supremacy

DAY 85 ACTION: Abraham Lincoln was murdered by a white supremacist. Support the work of groups that fight hate.

Currier and Ives painting of President Lincoln’s assassination.

“Now by God I’ll put him through. That is the last speech he will ever make.” – John Wilkes Booth to a companion, at Lincoln’s last speech, April 11, 1865

On Good Friday, April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth shot President Lincoln while the President and his wife watched a play in Ford’s Theatre. President Lincoln died the next day.

Booth was a white supremacist and Confederate who swore to kill the President after hearing him call for black suffrage in a speech. In Lincoln’s murder, writer Ta-Nehisi Coates has noted, racism cost us “one of the wisest statesmen this country has ever produced.” Hate crimes target certain people; they diminish all of us.

Sadly, 152 years later, this is still a problem in America. The Anti-Defamation League reports that the numbers of white supremacists have not grown appreciably since 2009, but hate groups have become more vocal and more violent. In the first 2 weeks after Trump’s election, more than 700 hate crimes were reported across the country, often invoking Trump’s name.

Racism is not acceptable. We can and must do better.

Today’s Action: Learn how the Anti-Defamation League, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and other groups are fighting back against racism and hatred. Then show them your support! Volunteer, donate, and/or thank them through social media.

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