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