Hate Speech Policy
Since the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995, the number of hate sites has increased from one to many. “Today, Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Anti-Defamation League have documented about 2,800 hate sites,” and growing (Leet, 288). Since globalization took place in our world, the internet has become a place where anyone is able to expose all sorts of information to the billions of eyes of the public. Globalization has it’s positive effects and also, increasingly, it’s negative; Hate speech on cyberhate sites is one of them. The United States is one of the most diverse countries in the world. There is however still a notion that the white people are the ‘superior race’. Racial discrimination is still very much alive in our world today and minorities are treated differently whether it may be conscious or unconscious. Many groups such as the KuKlux Klan , the Neo-Nazis, and the Skinheads have a firm belief that minorities should perish for the world only needs the ‘elite’. As the usage of the internet increases, these hate speeches have become more prominent. The hate speech in these sites are not only the ground work for exclusion created by language, it can also lead to “psychological distancing or moral exclusion” (Leet, 298). Globalization should have more positive effects in our world. The difference of culture, skin color, and beliefs should not categorize communities in a hierarchal manner. Yet, we still struggle with the “moral inclusion and exclusion” (Leet, 289) of groups that is “not us” (Leet, 290). For example, one may feel more remorse from the images of dead American soldiers than of Iraq soldiers or individuals. Cyberhate emboldens “stereotyping, stigma, and marginalization” (Leet, 289) showing “favoritism toward the ingroup and discrimination against the outgroup in order to maintain their self-esteem as group members” (Leet, 290). The internet has the power to spread information and implant false ideas or knowledge unto the...
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