About Erase
The Hate

Our Story

Erase The Hate was founded in 1994 to fight hate and discrimination in America. What started as a series of documentaries highlighting stories of people from all walks of life soon became an award-winning initiative dedicated to acceptance and tolerance. Sadly, each passing day proves that our mission is timelier than ever. But we believe in the power we all have to create change.

In partnership with Civic Nation, a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan nonprofit organization that uses organizing, engagement and public awareness to address some of our nation's most pressing challenges, Erase The Hate has been relaunched to support and celebrate those taking action in the fight against hate. Across the country, people are stepping up — lighting the way toward a more inclusive, equitable America.

Our Mission

We imagine an America in which everyone feels safe from hate and bias, no matter what they look like, where they’re from, how they worship, or who they love. To achieve this vision, we connect people with opportunities to learn more about how hate and bias work, get involved in the fight against hate, and support Change Makers already making a difference in local communities and across the country.

Through our programs and content platforms, we will feature the stories of Change Makers — individuals and organizations taking a proactive approach to countering hate and creating inclusivity. In consultation with the Erase the Hate Advisory Council, we’ve selected six Change Makers to participate in our first-ever Accelerator against hate. With technology enabling the spread of hate in ways we’re only just starting to understand, Erase the Hate offers this new model for putting anti-hate efforts on the fast-track.

This is just the beginning. We’ll be launching additional programs, events and grassroots initiatives in the coming months.

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Advisory Council

The Erase The Hate Advisory Council includes leaders from social justice, business, academic, and cultural organizations who help guide our efforts to make a meaningful, measurable impact in the fight against hate and bias.

Rebecca Cokley
Rebecca Cokley
Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Wadi Gaitan
Wadi Gaitan
Press Secretary, The LIBRE Initiative
Jonathan Greenblatt
Jonathan Greenblatt
National Director and CEO, Anti-Defamation League
Vanita Gupta
Vanita Gupta
President and CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
David Johns
David Johns
Executive Director, National Black Justice Coalition
Garrett Johnson
Garrett Johnson
Co-Founder and Executive Director, Lincoln Network
Suhail A. Khan
Suhail A. Khan
Senior Fellow for Muslim-Christian Understanding at the Institute for Global Engagement and Director of External Affairs at Microsoft Corporation
María Teresa Kumar
María Teresa Kumar
President and CEO, Voto Latino
Alexis McGill Johnson
Alexis McGill Johnson
Executive Director and Co-Founder, Perception Institute
Janice Min
Janice Min
Strategist, Eldridge Industries
Dalia Mogahed
Dalia Mogahed
Director of Research, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding
Janet Murguía
Janet Murguía
President and CEO, UnidosUS
Ana Navarro
Ana Navarro
Republican Strategist and Commentator
Brittany Packnett
Brittany Packnett
Vice President of National Community Alliances, Teach For America
Ashley Spillane
Ashley Spillane
Senior Advisor to Democracy Fund, President of Impactual LLC
Brian Walker
Brian Walker
Culture & Entertainment Advocacy Director, Color Of Change

FAQs

What is Erase The Hate?

Erase the Hate is a social impact campaign founded in 1994 to fight hate and discrimination in America. Today, with hate in the daily headlines, the campaign is relaunching to amplify and accelerate the work of people and organizations on the frontlines of anti-hate, pro-inclusivity efforts. We envision an America in which everyone feels safe from hate and discrimination, no matter what they look like, where they’re from, how they worship, or whom they love. We will do this by connecting people with opportunities to get involved in the fight against hate, providing support to the individuals and organizations making a difference in their local communities (“Change Makers”), and helping people learn more about hate and bias. Powered by one of the country’s most prolific and effective storytellers, Erase The Hate leverages the reach and resonance of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment to give a platform and megaphone to Change Makers — who are addressing hate, bias and discrimination by creating awareness, dialogue, connections, and ultimately real and lasting change — across the country. Civic Nation, a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan nonprofit organization using organizing, engagement and public awareness to address some of our nation’s most pressing challenges, is also an official partner in the campaign.

Why this campaign? Why now?

Today, hate touches all of us. We see it in our feeds, our families, our culture, our communities. But while hate can seem loud, there are more of us who believe in tolerance and togetherness. This initiative gives us the chance to come together to counter hate, bias and discrimination by championing creative, courageous, determined efforts to fight hate from coast to coast.

Why is this campaign important?

The recent upswell in hateful words and acts doesn’t represent who we strive to be as a people — and it doesn’t reflect the amazing work happening across the country to make America a more inclusive place. This campaign will put the spotlight on those courageous and creative Change Makers, ultimately inspiring more of us to move away from hate, bias and discrimination and instead to follow in their footsteps by creating real and lasting change.

How will Erase the Hate fulfill its mission?

We will inspire people to join the movement against hate and give them ways to get involved personally, all while working to shift perceptions that can lead to hate.

How do you define hate?

We define hate as negative behavior toward individuals or groups based on their identity: where they come from, what they look like, how they worship, or whom they love. Hate is often rooted in bias, or prejudiced beliefs about certain groups or “types” of people and what they deserve–and it can be expressed as words, behavior, or policy. Hate thrives when people who oppose it stay silent. But we know that, together, our voices are louder and stronger than hate. Together we can create change.

Where does hate come from?

We're not born knowing how to hate. It’s something we learn over time. Research tells us that hate grows when we fail to think critically about our perspectives, when we fail to consider perspectives of others, and when we’re frequently exposed to — and therefore get more accustomed to — hateful words and actions. It’s a dangerous cycle in which hate only fuels more hate.

Is hate on the rise? If so, why?

There are lots of statistics pointing to increases in hate, and it’s certainly the case that technology has made it possible for hate to spread in ways we never could have imagined. The fact is though that our country has been grappling with this problem throughout history. Today, far too many continue to feel targeted or discriminated against because of who they are. We need to come together to change this.

What is the Erase The Hate Accelerator?

With technology enabling the spread of hate in ways we’re only just starting to understand, Erase The Hate offers a new model for putting anti-hate efforts on the fast-track: a first-ever accelerator against hate. The Erase The Hate Accelerator finds people/organizations with compelling, effective and inherently shareable anti-hate efforts, and provides the resources and capital needed to elevate their work and storytelling to reach new audiences.

Why an Accelerator?

Accelerators first took hold in tech — an industry that quickly saw the power of giving forward-thinking entrepreneurs the time, space and support to take their ideas from good to world changing. We’re applying the same model to support breakthrough efforts that counter hate and create inclusivity. We’ll bring our expertise on storytelling and culture, and engage a wide range of experts — including our Erase The Hate Advisory Council — to help these efforts and the forward-thinkers behind them take hold.

How do you define a Change Maker?

A Change Maker is someone taking a proactive approach to countering hate and creating inclusivity. From campaigning to conversations, tech to town halls, shared meals to sparked movements, they understand that disrupting hate requires interventions at every level.

How did you select your Advisory Council members? What role do they play?

Given how complex and pervasive hate is today, we knew we needed a broad range of voices spanning both sides of the aisle represented on our Council. We’re thrilled by the group that answered the call. Our Council will select organizations for our Accelerator program, mentor them, identify opportunities to support hate-fighting efforts through the Erase The Hate Change Maker Fund, and help to guide every aspect of the initiative for maximum impact.

Hate is so complex. How do you decide what to support?

While hate shows up in so many different ways, the research tells us a few things about how it works. First, the more we’re exposed to hateful words and actions, the more hate-tolerant we become. Second, reflecting on our own perspectives and those of others helps us to become more hate-resistant. That’s why Erase The Hate focuses on amplifying and scaling the voices and actions of people fighting against hate and for inclusivity. Specifically, we look for efforts that promote personal reflection on bias, foster connection across lines of difference, or promote cultural expectations of inclusion and equity, and against hate, bias and intolerance.



Erase the Hate is a campaign from NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment that is designed to help fight hate and discrimination across America. Multiple points of view on diversity and other topics are represented on erasethehate.org. Please note that the information provided and the organizations listed do not necessarily reflect the views of NBCUniversal Media. While erasethehate.org is intended to be a resource, the content is intended for informational purposes only, cannot be guaranteed to be accurate or complete, and may be subject to change. Please be sure to do your own independent research, as erasethehate.org is not a substitute for an attorney’s advice or services. We encourage you to connect directly with the organizations you wish to affiliate with, and seek out additional information and resources on fighting hate and discrimination in your communities.