Personal stories of ‘American Hate’

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That the amount of hate crimes in America has risen exponentially since Trump took office should come as no surprise; he has been promulgating his racist beliefs since well before he was elected. Activist, writer and civil rights lawyer Arjun Singh Sethi sought out a number of these victims of persecution and bigotry in the Trump era and shared their stories in his new book, American Hate. As one of the early reviewers wrote, Sethi “reveals, through personal narratives, the intense misogyny, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, homophobia, transphobia, and racism that so many are experiencing and reminds us that they are deeply connected and fueling harmful policies. But the stories also provide the promise of love, community, and empathy over hate.” He’ll be reading from it at McNally Jackson on Thursday night, August 9 at 7pm, and the evening should end on a similarly hopeful note, as he offers ways to resist and combat hate.

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