Frequently Asked Questions

What does MOTC hope to achieve?

Less hate. Less injustice. MOTC believes telling stories about standing up to hate will change behavior and inspire more people to stand up to hate.


What acts of courage does MOTC honor?

MOTC tells the stories of those who stand up to acts of hate based on race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, and ability. The Museum currently focuses on these specific forms of hate due to their particular perniciousness and highly contagious nature. MOTC believes everyone has the potential to be courageous. Every courageous act, no matter how big or small, influences others to do the right thing and changes the course of events.


Why focus on standing up vs counting acts of hate?

Those who stand up to hate are an untapped asset in the struggle against bias and injustice. It is important to count acts of hate in America as those acts are often under-reported and diminish the extent of the problem. However, only focusing on the size of the problem adds to the intractability of hate. Everyone has the power to stand up to hate.


Are all forms of hate the same?

No. While hate ultimately results in the dehumanization of the “other”, MOTC believes it is important to understand the uniqueness of each type of hate. This is why MOTC tells the stories of people who stand up to acts based on race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, and ability.

Everyone has the ability to hate and everyone has the power to stand up.


Does the focus on hate include “institutional” or “systemic” forms of discrimination?

The Museum believes hatred is a precursor to the establishment of institutional racism and other forms of injustice and that individuals have the power to undo systemic bigotry. By way of example, the Museum would recognize the efforts of a high school principal who sought to prevent the redrawing of local school district boundaries to exclude the house of a black family.


Does MOTC honor Good Samaritans who stop crimes or bullying?

Those are important stories but not the stories we tell, unless the crimes or bullying are hate-crimes or hate-motivated.


Does MOTC address gun violence?

Only if a courageous act takes place during a hate-motivated attack with guns. The Museum does not address gun law reform.


People stand up all over the world. Why focus on America?

The Museum of the Courageous believes hate manifests in a variety of ways in different cultural settings and countries in the world, and the most effective way to confront hate is to do so from within the culture that the hate emerges. Our founding trustees are Americans rooted in the American experience, so the initial focus is on the United States of America.


Does MOTC recognize historical as well as contemporary stories?

Yes. Every courageous act builds upon the foundation of prior courageous acts.


Do I have to share a story to join this movement?

No. Joining MOTC is easy. Begin by signing up for our e-newsletter or following us on social media. Deepen your commitment by donating to MOTC and promoting this work through your networks.


How do I share a courageous story with MOTC?

E-mail stories@motc.org or use the Share a Courageous Story form.


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