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Tragic Headline Summing up the Hanukkah Week

Dear all,

I awoke yesterday to the tragic headline summing up the Hanukkah week: “An alleged attack on Jewish New Yorkers almost every day last week.” The level of hate and violence expressed on the basis of identity in this country seems relentless and is unconscionable. The most recent data from the Department of Justice reports that more than 7,000 hate crimes were reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in both 2017 and 2018, nearly 20 per day. Bias related to race, ethnicity, or ancestry motivated about 60 percent of the reported hate crimes in 2018; religious bias motivated another 20 percent, and bias related to sexual orientation motivated an additional 17 percent of hate crimes in 2018.

This is not the world we want to live in. I hope in this season and in all future seasons, we might each take time to express more love, more care, and more gratitude for the expansive and life-giving diversity of people who surround us. 

See you in the new year,

Elizabeth H. Bradley, President
Vassar College
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604