What Are You Really Saying? Hate SPeech on Campus.

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This is a presentation designed for college students to help them understand the implications of offensive terms and hate speech. Students will explore where these messages are present in our society …

This is a presentation designed for college students to help them understand the implications of offensive terms and hate speech. Students will explore where these messages are present in our society and on campus and discuss ways to confront them.

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  • This is a session about hate speech, racial slurs,In order to confront this type of speech, we will be presenting some forms of hate speech, through videos, etc,Know that this is not language that we use, it is only presented here for educational reasons, so that you will understand the Please respect this as a safe space, repsect the opinions of others in the session, what is said here should stay here
  • Poll and discussionAre some places safer from hate speech than others?


  • 2. IN THIS SESSION• You will learn how your speech and the speech of others’ can harm people around you• You will examine how harmful speech is present in our society• You will begin to develop methods to confront disrespect and hate speech
  • 3. ABOUT THIS SESSION… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTdCa6vbvTk
  • 4. WHAT IS HATE SPEECH?Speech that attacks a person or group on the basis of … Religion Sexual Orientation Race Mental Capacity Ethnicity Gender Socio-economic Status Beliefs Age Ability
  • 5. WHERE DO YOU ENCOUNTER HATE SPEECH?• Poll – where have you heard or seen hate speech? http://www.polleverywhere.com/free_text_polls/MjAwNjQyNzIwOA
  • 6. HOW DOES HATE SPEECH EFFECT PEOPLE?• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUtCPVsLS4w• The Harm Thesis: words can hurt people in the same way physical blows can• Victims of hate speech can experience psychological symptoms similar to Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: • Panic • fear • anxiety • nightmares• Harm may be exacerbated if a victim’s friends or subordinates witness the incident• http://www.funlol.com/9596/CNN_Coverage_of_The_South_Park_N-Word_Episode.html
  • 7. SCENARIO 1• You and your Hispanic friend, Maria, were having lunch at the mall. A couple of Caucasian students passed by and yelled, “Hey, why don’t you go back to where you came from?”http://www.polleverywhere.com/multiple_choice_polls/LTI1NjU1NDE3Nghttp://www.polleverywhere.com/multiple_choice_polls/LTE4MDAwNDA4ODY
  • 8. SCENARIO 2• You’re watching a local news show. There are two news reporters, one male and one female. The female reporter has just finished reporting that women still receive less income on a national average than do men. Following the story, the male reporter comments, “… and we all know that is the way it should be.”http://www.polleverywhere.com/multiple_choice_polls/LTI1NjU1NDE3Nghttp://www.polleverywhere.com/multiple_choice_polls/LTE4MDAwNDA4ODY
  • 9. SCENARIO 3• You are walking to class with your roommate Steve. It’s icy and Steve slips and falls. Embarrassed, he stands up and said, “Was anybody looking? I feel so retarded.”• http://www.polleverywhere.com/multiple_choice_polls/LTI1NjU1NDE3Ng• http://www.polleverywhere.com/multiple_choice_polls/LTE4MDAwNDA4ODY
  • 10. CONFRONTING HATE SPEECH• Hate speech and slurs are protected by First Amendment rights until they escalate to the level of a threat.• Many people think it’s no big deal• What defines hate speech – is it the intended message of the sender or the perception of the message by the recipient?• Have any of you ever engaged in a constructive dialogue about hate speech?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEpBYKOs3ys
  • 11. WHAT DO YOU THINK?• http://www.polleverywhere.com/free_text_polls/MjA5ODI0MzU5NA
  • 12. WE HOPE THAT YOU WILL NOW:• Be able to recognize hate speech in the media and at your school• Understand how hate speech impacts others• Encourage those around you to think about the words they use
  • 13. REFERENCES• Jay, T. (2009). Do offensive words harm people? Psychology, Public Policy, and Law 15(2), 81-101.• Hatfeild, Schafer & Stroup (2005). A dialogic approach to confronting hate speech on college campuses. Atlantic Journal of Communication 13(1), 41-55.• Leets, L. (2002). Experiencing hate speech: Perceptions and responses to anti-semitism and antigay speech. Journal of Social Issues, 58(2), 341-361
  • 14. • Megan Schwab • mschwab@admin.fsu.edu “The most common motives for hate speech are ignorance and repressed hostility. Other motives include power and dominance, coercion and emotional agitation. The good news is that it is possible to educate people to overcome ignorance and cope with repressed hostility.” (Leets, 2002).