The city of Minneapolis now has a hotline for residents to report hate-crime incidents and other acts of intolerance that target Muslims.
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In a bizarre move, the city of Minneapolis has set up a hotline for people to snitch on anyone who talks poorly about Muslims. The hotline is setup in hopes to prevent hate-speech and acts of intolerance, but appears to be specifically for Muslims as it comes after their City Council "passed a resolution condemning violence and hate speech against Muslims. "
This service is powered through Minneapolis' 311 help line and its job is to help anyone who witnesses "harassing behaviors motivated by prejudice" as reported by the Star Tribune.
"Since the general election, many of us have experienced, witnessed firsthand or heard of actions of: racism, xenophobia, sexism and bigotry directed at people here and in cities across the United States," Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights Director Velma Korbel wrote in a statement posted on the city's website. "In no uncertain terms, hate-motivated speech and actions have no place in Minneapolis nor will they be tolerated."
Callers in Minneapolis can access the service through the city's 311 hot line, which is staffed between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on weekdays and between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekends.
Anyone calling from outstate must dial 612-673-3000.
It's unclear if the hotline can be used to report hate-crimes or intolerance for anyone else. Is the hotline for everyone or just Muslims? The article on the Star Tribune mentioned the resolution condemning hate speech against Muslims. Shouldn't it be a resolution and hotline for everyone?
It's also odd that the hate speech hotline is not open 24/7.