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Hate Speech

An Open Letter to the Girls from Desert Vista High School, My Alma Mater

Ashley Alteman | Posted 01.26.2016 | Education
Ashley Alteman

I hope your incredibly heartless actions teach you many lessons. Foremost, I hope you recognize your hate speech, actions, and Internet posting did not just affect you, they affected your whole class, your community, your city, and your state.

The Right to Tell the Government to Go to Hell: Free Speech in an Age of Government Bullies, Corporate Censors and Compliant Citizens

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Free speech is not for the faint of heart. Nor is it for those who are easily offended, readily intimidated or who need everything wrapped in a neat ...

What a Canadian Muslim Learned About Bigotry in Canada

Ali Ashraf | Posted 01.14.2016 | Good News
Ali Ashraf

As a Canadian Muslim, never have I ever even once experienced any form of racism, prejudice or malice based on my ethnicity or religious affiliation throughout my life in this country, until recently.

The Dangerous Side of the Free Speech Debate

Harris Zafar | Posted 01.13.2016 | Politics
Harris Zafar

Provocative and incendiary speech is the greatest insult to the idea of free speech. We, as a society, must do better and recognize that our strength lies in being a moral force - in elevating our civility to the highest levels possible, as opposed to sticking to the bare minimum the law permits.

History's Ugly Face: I've Heard This Tune Before...

Andrea Vera | Posted 01.05.2016 | Politics
Andrea Vera

Scrolling through my newsfeed leaves me sad and disappointed at people I otherwise thought were "good" people. I never liked the saying that 'history repeats itself' but I am constantly reminded that it's true.

New Twitter Policy Bans 'Hateful Conduct'

Reuters | Lorenzo Ligato | Posted 12.30.2015 | Technology

Twitter Inc has clarified its definition of abusive behavior that will prompt it to delete accounts, banning "hateful conduct" that promotes violence...

Trump Speech Is Hateful, But It Is Not New

David Paul | Posted 12.27.2015 | Politics
David Paul

Trump has eschewed the long political tradition in Republican campaigns of speaking in code, of using dog whistle politics in order to speak to the racial animosities and xenophobic dispositions of elements of the Republican base, while not embarrassing the GOP establishment in polite company.

College Protesters Are Not a Threat to Free Speech

Alan Singer | Posted 12.23.2015 | College
Alan Singer

I have never been invited to be a college commencement speaker, because of my ideas, and also because I will not bring in donor dollars. In this country money drives access. By the way, if a college is interested, I charge much less than Condoleezza Rice.

Donald Trump's Marketing of Fear: The Blurred Lines between Business and Politics

Yasmina Blackburn | Posted 12.18.2015 | Politics
Yasmina Blackburn

I've spent my 3 decades long career in corporate America working for some amazing and successful companies. Success can be attributed to core business...

Are We Creating a Generation of Haters?

Harry Leibowitz | Posted 12.16.2015 | Impact
Harry Leibowitz

Children are so easily influenced by what they see and hear adults do and say, that it is frightening to me to consider the longer term impact all of the hate mongering that has recently been going on in the United States.

Muslims Are the Biggest Allies Against Groups Like ISIS

Ahmed Khan | Posted 12.15.2015 | Religion
Ahmed Khan

Muslims are among the first to support and protect this great country. One of the main examples is the Ahmadiyya Musilm Community, the largest worldwide Muslim organization under a single spiritual leadership.

It's Not Me, It's You

Lisa Kirchner | Posted 12.11.2015 | Politics
Lisa Kirchner

When I heard about Donald Trump's hate speech, I was shocked by the stupidity. But when I read it in the New York Times, it was much easier to see it for what it was. Here's the quote that clarified things for me.

Hate is Nothing New, But Our Response Should Be

Rep. Judy Chu | Posted 12.11.2015 | Politics
Rep. Judy Chu

We need to fight against the fear and anger directed at Muslims and others. We need to resist the dangerous prejudices of our past that gave us the Jim Crow laws, the Chinese Exclusion Act, Japanese incarceration during World War II, and jobs offered with the caveat that Irish, Italians, or Jews need not apply.

Turkey Fines Twitter For Not Removing 'Terrorist Propaganda'

Reuters | Lorenzo Ligato | Posted 12.11.2015 | Technology

Turkey's communications technologies authority, the BTK, has fined micro blogging site Twitter 150,000 lira ($51,000.) for not removing content it sa...

If Donald Trump Becomes President, It's on You

Melissa Schwartz | Posted 12.09.2015 | Politics
Melissa Schwartz

If Donald Trump is elected President, it will be my fault. Your fault. Your neighbor's fault. Your co-worker's fault. American voters have the opportunity to do something about this. Instead of rolling our eyes and changing the subject because it seems absurd, local communities need to recognize the hate he is stirring and act now.

A Thin Line Between Love and Hate

Deborah Schoeberlein David | Posted 12.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Deborah Schoeberlein David

This world is full of loss, and pain, and every imaginable form of suffering. The line between love and hate is thin, and I don't know a single person who doesn't know this firsthand. None of use needs to cross over, even though pain seems to drive us toward hatred. The desire to hurt others only makes us suffer more. Don't follow it. Do bring light to the darkness.

Like a Virgin Mary

Naomi McDougall Jones | Posted 12.02.2015 | Arts
Naomi McDougall Jones

To begin with, we were just making a silly video - a little cheeky, maybe even a little political - but mainly, we thought it would be funny to dres...

Harlem Neighbors Call For "Love Not Hate" In Response To Hate Speech And Demagoguery

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 11.20.2015 | New York
Stacy Parker Le Melle

In Harlem, we know hate hurts. No matter if the hatred comes from a streetcorner demagogue, or a candidate for presidency of the United States. Hate words have a way of turning into hate actions. Every soul is precious. No one is disposable.

Be the Protector

Sheryl Olitzky | Posted 11.18.2015 | Impact
Sheryl Olitzky

No one has the right to make any of us feel afraid because of the incitement of hate and acts of terror. The overwhelming majority of people only want to live in peace. We do not want our children and grandchildren to live in fear.

How Progressives Aid Conservatives in Suppressing Campus Free Speech

Terry Smith | Posted 11.16.2015 | Education
Terry Smith

Liberals may have won the professoriate, but conservative doctrine, if not the conservative movement, has found powerful allies among university administrators, board members, donors, and not least of all, the courts.

From Paris with Love! My Message to Mark Zuckerberg

Carole Bienaimé-Besse | Posted 11.14.2015 | Media
Carole Bienaimé-Besse

Thank you Mark for creating the safety check button during the Paris attacks. Thanks to you, since last night we were able to reassure people we love and vice versa. Thanks also for creating Facebook, such a great machine, who invented a new word : social network.

Marked for Death: A Homosexual's Rant to His Would Be Executioners

Michael Rohrer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Rohrer

I'm a person. I'm someone's child, someone's brother, someone's uncle. I'm a cousin, a nephew, a friend. I'm a human being. I deserve to live my life to the fullest just like anybody else.

Arrest Pastor Kevin Swanson?

Marc Leandro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Marc Leandro

I believe that the words of Iowa Pastor Kevin Swanson at last weekend's so-called National Religious Liberties Conference, and on many previous occasions, may well meet the definition of incitement to illegal action.

Cairo Seminar Wrestles With Media Hate Speech

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 11.11.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

"Sticks and stones will break my bones. But words will never harm me." Journalists, academicians and activists at a seminar in Egypt this month would beg to differ, notably since hate speech by and via various media can take a life of its own and lead to untold damage.

Dozens Of High-Profile Hispanics Write Blistering Open Letter To Donald Trump

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 11.06.2015 | Latino Voices

Dozens of prominent Hispanic figures from across the political divide have come together to formally "condemn" Donald Trump and the comments the GOP c...