Today, the federal government decided to withdraw protections for transgender students in regards to their ability to use their bathroom of choice in their own places of learning.
Over the past few days, there have been reports of scores of bomb threats against Jewish Community Centers as well as the news out of Missouri where nearly 200 gravestones were toppled and vandalized in a Jewish cemetery.
Over the past few weeks, the intense Islamophobia that has emerged from all corners of this country and this world has shaken me personally to my core. Beyond that, the attacks against immigrants are despicable, and the continued scapegoating of communities to appease fear must end.
We have seen an emboldening of hatred in such a fervent way in such a short time period, and there are numerous reports of a rising number of hate crimes. More than that though, the normalization of bigotry — whether it be transphobia, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, anti-immigrant sentiment, misogyny, racism, or any form of discrimination — is atrocious.
There is a lot to be angry about, but in the words of Chimananda Adichie Ngozi, “I am angry. We should all be angry. Anger has a long history of bringing about positive change.”
So, today Redefy asserts that we are angry — we are angry when we look at a world where so many are being told that they don’t belong, but we are also asserting that we are ready to translate that anger into action in order to bring about positive change. As young people, we are ready to take action to protect our shared future. In fact, we must. We are going to continue to organize alongside diverse leaders, to uplift intersectional solidarity, to attend protests, to sign petitions, to demand action, to learn from one another, to stand by those in need, and to speak our truths — unapologetically.
So, you with us?
– Written by Ziad Ahmed (Founder of Redefy)