"We must all take responsibility to reject language that ridicules, condemns, or vilifies another person because of their race, religion, gender, age, culture or ethnic background," the archbishop said.
Fr. James Martin, SJ, testifies before the U.S. Helsinki Commission on why it is important for religious actors and organizations to stand against hate.
Father James Martin was among the religious leaders testifying to members of the Helsinki Commission, which monitors human rights worldwide, about a surge in reported hate crimes.
As researchers report a nationwide surge in hate crimes, a bipartisan coalition in Congress is giving law enforcement funding to adopt both stronger hate crime policies and more accurate data collection.
As the multicultural educator Robin DiAngelo points out in her recent book, "White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism," many white people fail even to recognize racism for what it really is.