OP-ED – It’s time for Arkansas to pass a hate crimes law

February 16, 2021

It’s time for Arkansas to pass a hate crimes law

In 2020, Americans experienced a year unlike any other where we not only battled an unprecedented global pandemic but elevated our country’s fight for racial justice. Both challenges continue to take an extraordinary toll on our society and our economy.

Recent tragedies, from the violence at the U.S. Capitol to the senseless killings of unarmed people across the nation, underscore the urgency of building a more equitable society. Here in Arkansas, that should begin with passing a hate crimes law.

As an American company with a long history of fighting discrimination and intolerance, IBM knows that our economy works best when our employees can be who they are, without fear of violence, bias, discrimination or inequality “ in the workplace and in their communities. There must be no room for hate in our society.

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