$50 for 50 by 50 #9: The Southern Poverty Law Center

I’m turning 50 this year and instead of whining about it, I’m trying to do something positive by donating $50 to 50 different charities before I’m 50 years old.

I just read this astounding, horrifying, depressing, frightening article about a study performed by the Southern Poverty Law Center. They surveyed 2,000 teachers across the United States and found that “the presidential campaign is producing an alarming level of fear and anxiety among children of color and inflaming racial and ethnic tensions in the classroom.” Some of the results:

  • More than two-thirds of the teachers reported that students – mainly immigrants, children of immigrants and Muslims – have expressed concerns or fears about what might happen to them or their families after the election.
  • More than half have seen an increase in uncivil political discourse.
  • More than third have observed an increase in anti-Muslim or anti-immigrant sentiment.
  • More than 40 percent are hesitant to teach about the election.

Read the entire article on their website but warning: it’s going to turn your stomach.

The SPLC does important, essential work by tracking and monitoring the activities of more than 1,600 extremist groups that espouse hate and violence against minorities, women, gays and lesbians, non-Christians, and more. As hate and intolerance grows in our country, every single day it seems, their work is even more critical.

My 50x50x50 #9 is the Southern Poverty Law Center. Learn more and make your own donation at splcenter.org.

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