Slurs and discrimination used to permeate American culture. Now that behavior isn't acceptable.
That's due in no small part to ADL, because we fought for decades to change how the media depicts different groups, how the law protects them and what schools teach about the importance of respecting everyone. Our education programs have now reached 58 million people nationwide with this message.
Yet our work is not finished. Bigots today have new targets and new ways to communicate.
Just last year, ADL expressed concern that Twitter was becoming the Internet's distribution platform of choice for bigots, and called on the social networking site to re-evaluate its standards and practices. We opposed harsh anti-immigrant laws in five states, and submitted an amicus brief in a Supreme Court challenge to Arizona's law. When we argued in an amicus brief that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional because it enshrines one particular religious viewpoint into law, the appellate court agreed. That case went before the U.S. Supreme Court—where we also submitted an amicus brief.
ADL believes that when any group is marginalized, it's a threat to all.
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing."
— from Edmund Burke
See how far we've come in the last century–and how far we have yet to go–by reading ADL’s 2012 Annual Report celebrating our Centennial anniversary.Anti-Semitism Hate Crimes Bullying Religious Freedom Extremism Israel Law Enforcement and Security Holocaust Education Interfaith Return to Annual Report