AG Grewal: Anti-bias education will help us fight a rising tide of hate | Opinion

By Gurbir Grewal and Rachel Wainer Apter

At last week’s presidential debate, when it seemed that the nation had exhausted its capacity for shock, President Trump hit another height in racist rhetoric, refusing to condemn white supremacy while urging far-right extremists to “stand back and stand by.” As the top officials responsible for enforcing the civil rights laws of New Jersey — one of the most populous and diverse states in the country — we have seen firsthand how the president’s push to normalize bias has led to a rising tide of hate and violence in our state.

Since 2015, the number of bias incidents being reported to law enforcement in New Jersey has skyrocketed. There were 367 reported incidents in 2015, compared to 994 in 2019 — a 170% increase. And this isn’t a problem limited to older generations — fully 46% of bias offenders were younger than 18

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Want to fight racism? That makes you ‘un-American’ in Trump’s book

Watch out Seattle.

There is a totalitarian, cult indoctrination under way to promote toxic propaganda, through anti-American re-education camps. 

What is this insidious force? Anti-racism training and education.

Yes, the latest target in the Trump administration’s culture war is attacking previously obscure academic disciplines like critical race theory and trainings designed to unpack and dismantle our country’s legacy of racism. 

The topic even came up at the debate, with the president saying anti-racist trainings lead people to “hate our country.” 

It may sound like just another rhetorical volley to rally the base, but it’s become much more than that. In late August, the U.S. Department of Justice took aim at the “anarchist jurisdiction” of Seattle’s racial justice training led by the Seattle Office for Civil Rights, questioning whether it violated civil rights. 

Then in early September, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) sent out a memo to instruct

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Continuing our fight for COVID-19 relief

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

By Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

We are now more than six months into a global pandemic never before experienced in modern society. Our federal government must step up to support our families and communities through such uncertain turmoil. Additionally, it has now been more than four months since the House of Representatives passed the Heroes Act, a critical $3.4 trillion stimulus package that the Senate has failed to act upon.

Nevertheless, House Democrats and I have continued our fight for such federal relief, and this week, we have released an updated Heroes Act to demonstrate our absolute commitment to negotiating for a final stimulus package. All of our constituents, communities, and local municipalities are depending on us to deliver this assistance that is so desperately needed.

We must have another stimulus package, as it is essential to protect the financial security and avert many catastrophes for

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