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May 26, 2022
A little over one week after a racist mass shooting in Buffalo that claimed the lives of 10 people, 19 children and two teachers were killed when a gunman stormed an elementary school in Uvalde, TX, and opened fire, marking the nation’s deadliest school shooting since the Sandy Hook elementary school tragedy in 2012. A coalition of civil rights organizations are joining together once again to demand social media platforms stop profiting from hate-filled content that promotes the racist Great Replacement Theory. A truck displaying antisemitic and racist messages harassed residents at a Beverly Hills hotel and then proceeded to drive through the streets of the town shouting antisemitic slurs.
Read on for more on these headlines, news you can use to fight hate and the latest info about ADL from around the country.
1. A Nation in Mourning: 19 Children, Two Teachers Killed After Gunman Opens Fire Inside Texas Elementary School
“Law enforcement authorities faced questions and criticism Thursday over how much time elapsed before they stormed an Uvalde elementary school classroom and put a stop to the rampage by a gunman who killed 19 children and two teachers. Investigators were also unable to say with any certainty whether an armed school district security officer outside Robb Elementary exchanged fire with the attacker, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, when Ramos first arrived on Tuesday.” Associated Press: LEARN MORE
+ ADL tweet: As we learn more about the innocent children and teachers taken from their families by a gunman in #Uvalde, TX, our hearts are breaking again. Now is the time to take action. Please join @LULAC in their efforts to raise funds for the victims' families. https://lulac.org/donate
+ ADL Table Talk: Talking with Children about Gun Violence
+ ADL Resource: Empowering Young People in the Aftermath of Hate
2. Civil Rights Leaders Say Tucker Carlson Must be Banned from Mainstream Social Media Platforms
“The Stop Hate for Profit coalition singled out Carlson and Laura Ingraham, another Fox News host, for pushing conspiracy theories that incite hate. The suspected gunman in Buffalo wrote a screed prior to the May 14 rampage that referred to the theory, which falsely posits that elites are plotting to use immigration and the demographic shifts it causes to dilute the political and cultural influence of white, ethnically European Christians.” Forward: FULL STORY
+ Press Release: Stop Hate for Profit Coalition Calls on Tech Platforms to Deplatform Tucker Carlson and Other Repeat Promoters of Racist Great Replacement Theory
+ ADL tweet: We're calling on @Meta, @instagram, @YouTube, @reddit, @discord, @twitch & @Twitter to stop the spread of deadly #WhiteSupremacist hate by removing content that pushes the racist #GreatReplacementTheory & bans repeat perpetrators like @TuckerCarlson.
3. Investigation Underway After Van with Antisemitic Messages Seen Driving Around West Hollywood, Beverly Hills
“Authorities determined the antisemitic messages did not rise to the level of being criminal and are protected as free speech under the U.S. Constitution. BHPD officials are working with local, state and federal agencies to determine if there are any other criminal charges warranted based on the situation.” Beverly Press, CA: READ MORE
+ ADL Southern California tweet: We stand in solidarity with Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse in her condemnation of such horrendous activities and thank Beverly Hills Police Department for the clarity that this disgusting display of antisemitism has no place in Beverly Hills or anywhere else.
+ ADL Resource: H.E.A.T. Map
KEY ADL SOCIAL STATEMENTS
• Far too many Black, Brown and other marginalized people should be alive today. @ADL will continue to advocate for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. True justice means addressing racism and white supremacy. Today, we honor George Floyd's memory…
• For the first time ever, The American Conservative Union’s #CPAC was held in Europe. Our Center on Extremism details the reactionary speakers, some known for racist, antisemitic remarks, who appeared in Hungary alongside Victor Orban…
• Domestic extremism continues to threaten all of our communities. We MUST end this scourge of hate. Join us and tell your Senators to pass the #DomesticTerrorismPreventionAct
IN THE COMMUNITY
• Lamont approves a program to prevent doxing, cyber stalking, and online abuse (Connecticut Public Radio)
• Maine Voices: Sen. Collins should take action to keep Maine families safe (Portland Press Herald, ME – Rabbi David Sandmel op-ed)
• Simple exhibit stands against hate during Jewish American Heritage Month (ABC Philadelphia – Andrew Goretsky interviewed)
ADL IN THE NEWS
• Board of Deputies teams up with America's ADL for schools' education programme about antisemitism (The Jewish Chronicle, UK)
• Hate Groups Expert: White Supremacist ‘Great Replacement' Conspiracy is On the Rise (NBC Lx – Oren Segal interviewed)
• Opinion: Don’t let MAGA Republicans off the hook for enabling violence (The Washington Post)