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1st Edition

Understanding Words That Wound

ISBN 9780367313777
Published August 8, 2019 by Routledge

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Book Description

Successor and companion volume to Words that Wound, the first book to argue for recognition of hate speech as a serious social problem. The current volume greatly expands the coverage of hate speech, including chapters on children, the internet, recent cases, campus hate speech codes, and international responses. Deals expressly with arguments against hate-speech regulation, as well as the case for it.

Written by leading critical race theorists Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic, this volume succinctly explores a host of issues presented by hate speech, including legal theories for regulating it, the harms it causes, and policy arguments pro and con suppressing it. Chapters analyze hate speech on campus, the history of hate speech in America, the careers of particular words as "nigger," "spick," "wop," and "kike," hate speech against whites, and the special case of children. Particular attention is devoted to hate on the internet, talk radio, and to the role of white supremacist groups in disseminating it. Designed to be accessible to the general public and students, this book features reading lists, exercises, and questions for discussion. This book accompanies and expands on the prize-winning volume Words that Wound: Critical Race Theory, Assaultive Speech, and the First Amendment, also published by Westview Press.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments, Introduction, PART ONE: WHAT Is HATE SPEECH?, Words That Wound: The Harms of Hate Speech, Quantitative Issues: How Frequent Is Racial Vilification?, Theories of Racism and Hate Speech, PART TWO: WORDS, SPEAKERS, AND TARGETS, The Strange Careers of Four Special Words, Hate Speech and Children: The Special Case of Youth, College and University Students: The Case of Campus Hate Speech (and Conduct) Codes, Hate in Cyberspace, PART THREE: SPECIAL SYMBOLS, SPEAKERS, AND SHOWS, When Hate Goes Tangible: Logos, Mascots, Confederate Flags, and Monuments, Lawyer Discipline: When the System Sets Out to Purge Hate, PART FOUR: HATE IN BROADER FOCUS, Talk Shows: Hate on the Airwaves, Stretching to Make a Point: The Case of Hate Speech Against Whites, International and Comparative Perspectives, First Amendment Absolutism and Fallback Positions: Social Policy Objections to Hate Speech Remedies, The Future: First Amendment Legal Realism, Appendix: International Treaties and Documents, Glossary, Index

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RICHARD DELGADO is the Derrick A. Bell Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh. JEAN STEFANCIC is research professor of law at the University of Pittsburgh Law School and Derrick A. Bell Scholar in law.