George Critchlow and Raymond Reyes, founding board members of the Gonzaga Institute for Action Against Hate, 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 in The Spokesman-Review newspaper (Sunday Oct. 4), titled "Tracing Hate's Roots."
Critchlow, acting dean of the Law School, said hate someow involves fear of the "other."
"It is a powerful force that separates us from one another and from the better part of ourselves. The work of the Institute is to understand where this fear comes from and how it operates," Critchlow said. "Whether hate is learned or imbedded in human nature, the Institute is committed to the goal of preventing hate from becoming ascendant in our schools, our communities, and our nation."
|Raymond Reyes, Gonzaga's chief diversity officer.
Reyes, Gonzaga’s chief diversity officer, points to a quote from Dante: “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.
Their editorial responded to a woman’s discovery of a noose on the front porch of her home on Sunday, Sept. 20. The woman works in North Idaho for Coeur d’Alene’s Human Rights Education Institute. Read a story about the incident.
Founded in 1997, the Gonzaga Institute for Action Against Hate exists to fight 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 Reyes discussing why he and Critchlow penned the editorial response.
October @GONZAGA Newsletter
Gonzaga Freshman Parents & Family Adviser