Guest opinion: Make Utah a refuge from hate

Salt Lake City police investigate after a swastika was scratched into the front door of Chabad Lubavitch of Utah synagogue in Salt Lake City on Sunday, May 16, 2021. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Our country is experiencing a disturbing increase in hate directed toward minority communities and individuals. Recent examples include the assault of a Jewish man in Times Square in New York City and the stabbing of two elderly Asian women while they were waiting for a bus in San Francisco.

The U.S. Justice Department cites other cases in Indiana and Michigan of more brutality toward African Americans and a jury conviction in Illinois of a man who bombed an Islamic center.

Violence toward Americans of Asian heritage is dramatically up overall during the COVID-19 pandemic; according to one study, spiking by 164% in the first quarter of 2021 in the U.S.’s 16 largest cities. And as fighting in the Middle East escalated this spring between Israel and Palestinians, so have attacks on the Jewish population in the United States. These attacks have increased significantly in the past few years.

This trend should concern all of us, no matter

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