YW Boston’s Response to Racism and Misogyny in El Paso and Dayton
YW Boston stands with the victims, families, and all those affected by the most recent mass shootings that took place over the weekend in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. Twenty-nine people were killed in less than 24 hours in these two horrific acts of violence targeted against women and Hispanics. In the wake of this tragedy, it is crucial to recognize the motivations behind these crimes—racism and misogyny. The suspect of the shooting in El Paso is believed to have left behind a racist manifesto detailing his desire to retaliate against a “Hispanic invasion of Texas.” Several classmates of the Dayton shooter have spoken up against some of the media’s portrayal of an isolated, bullied, and mentally ill young man, and have shared experiences of targeted harassment against female classmates, including a high school “hit list” and “rape list.”
YW Boston is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. We believe everyone deserves to feel safe in this country. As hashtags such as #WhiteSupremacistInChief and #WhiteSupremacistTerrorism trend on Twitter, we share the sentiment of many who are denouncing the root causes of these shootings and calling for action against domestic terrorism incited by racism, white supremacy culture, and the inflammatory politics of President Donald Trump. When Trump goes on Twitter and television calling immigrants “invaders,” “rapists” and “criminals,” he is dehumanizing them and inciting resentment and violence towards minority groups.
If you wish to support the victims affected by the El Paso shooting, visit bloodhero.com or call 877-258-4825 to make an appointment for a blood donation. In Dayton, police said they are working with the local blood bank to set up donation opportunities. To make a blood donation in Massachusetts, visit the Red Cross website to find a center near you. You can also make a monetary donation to the El Paso Victims Relief Fund or the Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund.