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Gonzaga University Takes Stand Against Hate

Posted on October 1, 2009 in: @Gonzaga, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Feature Stories, Service, Students


Dateline: 9/30/2009
Dale Goodwin, Director
Peter Tormey, Associate Director

George Critchlow and Raymond Reyes, founding board members of the Gonzaga Institute for Action Against Hate at Gonzaga University, are standing up against hatred and for a North Spokane woman of color who was recently subjected to a symbol of hatred on her doorstep.

Critchlow, a law professor and interim dean of the Gonzaga University School of Law, said he and Reyes felt compelled to co-author the editorial scheduled to run in The Spokesman-Review newspaper this Sunday (Oct. 4).

Reyes, who serves as Gonzaga’s chief diversity officer and associate academic vice president, said one of his favorite quotes is from Dante, the Italian poet of the Middle Ages, who noted: “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.” Reyes and Critchlow both have been intimately involved in challenging hate in the region for decades.

The editorial was written in response to a woman’s discovery of a noose on the front porch of her home on the morning of Sunday, Sept. 20. The woman works in North Idaho for Coeur d’Alene’s Human Rights Education Institute. Visit the following link to read a story about the incident.

Founded in 1997, the Gonzaga Institute for Action Against Hate exists to combat and eliminate hate within the Northwest and the nation through research, education, and advocacy.

Visit the following links to view a series of short videos of Raymond Reyes discussing why he and George Critchlow penned the editorial response.

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