We invite the Rutgers University-Newark and Greater Newark communities to report and speak out about hateful incidents they have experienced in these trying days. To do so, please visit this site:
Documenting Hate in Greater Newark is a project of the Clement A. Price Institute, the Department of History, the American Studies Program, and the Center for Migration and the Global City at Rutgers University-Newark.
The goal of this project is threefold: to make sure that hateful incidents of intimidation, harassment, and verbal or physical abuse are not lost to history; to better understand the frequency and nature of such incidents; and to help end them.
In pursuit of that goal, we are building a community archive of hateful incidents as reported by Rutgers University-Newark students, staff, and faculty; our family and friends; and residents of Newark and the Greater Newark area. We will provide regular updates on the stories and data we collect to the RU-N and Greater Newark communities.
The project’s primary impulse is documentary and based on the belief that recording and archiving are profoundly political acts. That is to say, the formation of historical memory is run through with power: whose stories are told and preserved? by whom and for what purposes? Using simple web-based tools, the project seeks to gather stories from a larger community than other methods might allow, so that people can report their stories in their own words and in their own time. And it proposes to archive those stories in both digital and traditional formats, so that these stories are preserved for future publics.
In addition, by calling attention to hate and allowing its targets to speak out about it, the project resists any potential normalization of hate, silencing of its victims, and disregard for its effects.
How you can help:
- Report your story!
- Share the form widely with family, friends, and neighbor
- If you have translation skills, we could use your help in making the form as accessible as possible. Please send a message to one of the addresses below.
- Over the coming weeks, we will convene a small steering committeeto guide the project forward. Ideally, it will be comprised of RU-N students, staff, and faculty, as well as people from our larger communities. Please let us know if you are interested in serving on this committee or have an idea for someone you think would be great.
In addition to filling out this form, please report any incidents to local law enforcement. Please also consider reporting incidents to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which is tracking intimidation and harassment nationwide: https://www.splcenter.org/reporthate