George & Amal Clooney Just Donated $1 Million to Fight Hate in the US
"There are no two sides to bigotry and hate."
The Clooneys are back at it — fighting injustice at every turn.
George and Amal Clooney made a $1 million donation to anti-hate efforts in the United States this week following the eruption of hate and violence on display in Charlottesville, Va., earlier this month.
“What happened in Charlottesville, and what is happening in communities across our country, demands our collective engagement to stand up to hate,” the couple said in an announcement made by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an organization that tracks and fights hate groups in the US.
The donation was made to the SPLC by the Clooney Foundation for Justice, which the couple started last year to “advance justice in courtrooms, communities, and classrooms around the world.” The SPLC said it would announce more details about plans for the donation in the future.
The Clooneys have made fighting for justice one of their prime occupations. Amal Clooney is a practicing lawyer who works on human rights cases around the globe, including representing Nadia Murad, the heroic survivor of an Islamic State attack, in bringing Murad’s case against ISIS to the International Criminal Court.
George, meanwhile, has donated funds and his personal time to everything from fighting conflict in Darfur and famine in the Horn of Africa to delivering flowers to elderly nursing home residents. Global Citizen, which campaigns to end extreme poverty and injustice and also fights for equality, supports celebrities who use their status to power a better world.
Since the celebrity human rights advocates founded their organization, the foundation has been working to help Syrian refugees, including partnering with UNICEF to open schools for Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
With this donation, the couple put its focus squarely on domestic United States issues: the rise of hate groups that organized protests in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 11 and Aug. 12, after the city announced plans to take down statues of Confederate war soldiers.
Groups identifying themselves as white nationalists and neo-Nazis waving Nazi flags participated in the protests and rallies, leading hateful chants against minority groups in the US and sparking violence, including an incident in which one white nationalist drove his car into a crowd and killed a counter-protester. In total, three people dead and 34 were injured.
“Amal and I wanted to add our voice (and financial assistance) to the ongoing fight for equality. There are no two sides to bigotry and hate,” the Clooneys said in the statement.
That’s a star-powered statement we can get behind.