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Hate Crimes

Teaching kids to deflect hate

Teaching kids to deflect hate

The shocking surge in hate crimes since the election is impacting how parents protect and support black children. As the founder of Black Kids Swim (, I talk to parents of black children every day. One swim dad's sons attend Pyle Middle School in Bethesda; the school was recently vandalized with a spray-painted swastika. Another swim dad's son attends Bushy Park Elementary School in Glenwood; the boy recently was told by a classmate to "go back to Africa."

These young black swimmers not only face hate in school, but also during daily practices for a sport that is historically all white.

The Southern Poverty Law Center collected 701 reports of...