Friday, August 12, 2016

Further Reading on the Subject of Hate

There are lots of books on hate, hate crimes, hate speech, hate groups, groups against hate. Some are more from a sociological perspective, some from scientific perspective, some are about addressing the problems in the community.

The one I have referenced the most is Why We Hate: Understanding, Curbing, and Eliminating Hate in Ourselves and Our World by Rush W. Dozier, Jr  I’ve also skimmed Considering Hate: Violence, Goodness, and Justice in American Culture and Politics by Kay Whitlock and Michael Bronski and read much of The Harm in Hate Speech by Jeremy Waldron. I got these from our local library. Check your library for these and other titles.

The first one, by Dozier, explores hate and ways to curb it from the perspective of anthropology, evolutionary psychology, cultural history, sociology, biology, and neuroscience. It looks at the evolution of the brain and the role hate plays in human behavior. And it goes on to lay out strategies to change the role of hate in our lives today. Dozier is a Harvard-educated Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist and science writer and the author of several critically acclaimed books on a variety of topics.

The book Considering Hate by Whitlock and Bronski argues that hate violence “reflects existing cultural norms.” They draw on social science, philosophy, theology, film, and literature to examine how hate and common, even ordinary, forms of individual and group violence are excused and normalized in popular culture and political discussion, which warps society’s ides about goodness and justice. Whitlock is a writer and activist who has been involved with racial, gender, queer, and economic justice movements since 1968. She is cofounder and contributing editor for the weekly Criminal Injustice series at Bronski has been involved in gay liberation as a political organizer, writer, and editor for more than four decades. Author of several award-winning books. He is Professor of the Practice of Activism and Media in the Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard university.

I found The Harm in Hate Speech by Waldron very interesting as it addresses the serious consequences of hate speech in our lives, our countries, and the world. He explores the costs of hate speech and questions where the line should be drawn the Second Amendment right to free speech. He asks how we should protect people from the harm of hate speech. Waldron is University Professor, NYU School of Law, and Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory at All Souls College, University of Oxford.

There are, of course, many more you may consider.

Search “hate crimes” in Amazon

Search “hate groups” in Amazon

Search “hate speech” in Amazon

Search “groups against hate” on Bing.

Let me know what you found that answers your questions about hate. Hopefully we can work together to curb hate and create peace in our homes, communities, and world.

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