Do not (do) hate speech
Monday 21st January 2019 | Saskia
Social media is increasingly unstoppable and has been so for the last decade. With more and more content by the day, one could think that quantity is quality. But a certain threat accompanies an exploding amount of content. It is hate speech.
Hate speech attacks, insults or threatens a person or group on the basis of ethnicity, origin, nation, gender, religion, colour, disability, sexual orientation or gender-identity. It can be uttered offline, but the comfort of anonymity tempts people to hate speech online.
The main difficulty with hate speech is that it spreads and has influence over others subconsciously. By seeing hate speech on the internet every day, people are drawn to believe what is repeated, eventually becoming the ones who spread hate speech to others.
Even worse, by believing what hate speech comunicates, people have fewer qualms in engaging in crimes directed against a specific people or groups.
However, you can do something against hate speech. Not only people engaging in hate speech have a voice, but you do too. Be more aware about hate speech and stand up against it both -online and offline-, make others aware about how hate speech affects people and support and show solidarity to people or groups which may feel targeted by hate speech.
By acting in such a manner, you will reduce the level of acceptability for hate speech and you may actually reduce crime.