From Teaching Tolerance, Speak up! calls on everyone to take a stand against everyday bigotry.
No agency or organization counts or tracks these moments. They don’t
qualify as hate crimes, and they rarely make news. That’s part of their
insidious nature; they happen so often we simply accept them as part of life.
Left unchecked, like litter or weeds, they blight the landscape.
In the making of this book, the Southern Poverty Law Center gathered
hundreds of stories of everyday bigotry from people across the United
States. They told their stories through email, personal interviews and
at roundtable discussions in four cities: Baltimore, Md.; Columbia, S.C.;
Phoenix, Ariz.; and Vancouver, Wash.
People spoke about encounters in stores and restaurants, on streets and in
schools. They spoke about family, friends, classmates and co-workers. They
told us what they did or didn’t say — and what they wished they did or