Hate crimes have already risen across the country, mirroring similar rises in violence in Britain following Brexit. If you see someone being harassed or attacked, there are a number of ways that you can help stop the situation from continuing. We can’t afford to stand by and allow harassment to happen unchecked.
This video from Video Rev has some great suggestions for ways you can prevent racial harassment, and the principles can apply widely to any type of hateful harassment.
Simply standing next to and talking to the person being harassed can go a long way. If you don’t feel like it would bring you or the victim physical harm, you can tell the harasser to stop. Once the harassment is over, try to make sure that the target of the harassment is okay and feels safe to leave by themselves before leaving the scene. Similarly, if you see “drive by” harassment, ask the target if they are okay, if there’s anything you can do to help, and let them know that you care about them.
This graphic from tumblr user Maeril has also been passed around social media a lot in the past few days, and echoes a lot of the same principles.
Finally, if you hear someone say something hateful in nature because they’re safely surrounded by “like-minded people” (read: all white, or all male, etc.), SHUT THAT SHIT DOWN. Let people know that just because you’re “like them,” you won’t stand for hatred or intolerance of people who are different from you.