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10 reasons to take action against
hate speech

Gavan Titley
Mobilising, planning and networking for campaigning effectivel...
…because it is an act of love, in
an economy of hate.

1
Prejudice neither begins nor ends with the subject
that speaks and acts (Judith Butler)
…because it is an act of love for
democracy (where hate speech
is, in part, a response to a crisis of
democracy)

2
There is a fundamental, and
dangerous, idea behind the very
idea of the modern nation-state,
the idea of a ‘national ethno...
…because it helps democratize
democracy

3
…because it defends freedom of
expression.

4
Freedom as fantasy…
See? It is as simple as that.
…because it defends media
ethics in a volatile media
environment.

5
…because claiming that
‘freedom of expression’ is
threatened is a tactic for directing
attention to racist provocation.

6
…because racists take language,
language games and language
politics very seriously, and so
should we.

7
…because we can never let these
ideas shape the spectrum of
acceptable ideas.

8
Because others do, every day.

9
Because…you tell me.

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The No Hate Speech Movement campaign would like to give 10 reasons why to take action against hate speech. This presentation was held by Gavan Titley at the No Hate Speech Movement conference 7-9 Nov 2013 in Strasbourg.
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10 reasons to take action against hate speech - by Gavan Titley

  1. 1. 10 reasons to take action against hate speech Gavan Titley Mobilising, planning and networking for campaigning effectively with young people against hate speech online Strasbourg 7-9 November 2013
  2. 2. …because it is an act of love, in an economy of hate. 1
  3. 3. Prejudice neither begins nor ends with the subject that speaks and acts (Judith Butler)
  4. 4. …because it is an act of love for democracy (where hate speech is, in part, a response to a crisis of democracy) 2
  5. 5. There is a fundamental, and dangerous, idea behind the very idea of the modern nation-state, the idea of a ‘national ethnos’. No modern nation…is free of the idea that its national sovereignty is built on some kind of ethnic genius. Arjun Appadurai (2006) Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geography of Anger
  6. 6. …because it helps democratize democracy 3
  7. 7. …because it defends freedom of expression. 4
  8. 8. Freedom as fantasy…
  9. 9. See? It is as simple as that.
  10. 10. …because it defends media ethics in a volatile media environment. 5
  11. 11. …because claiming that ‘freedom of expression’ is threatened is a tactic for directing attention to racist provocation. 6
  12. 12. …because racists take language, language games and language politics very seriously, and so should we. 7
  13. 13. …because we can never let these ideas shape the spectrum of acceptable ideas. 8
  14. 14. Because others do, every day. 9
  15. 15. Because…you tell me. 10

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