Book Launch: A Community Guide for Opposing Hate
Tuesday, May 17, 20223:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT/GMT-4
The Bard Center for the Study of Hate (BCSH) and partners at Western States Center and the Montana Human Rights Network welcome network members to attend the launch of a co-written and co-published toolkit called A Community Guide for Opposing Hate.
The purpose of the manual is to provide those who want to “do something” about hate with the steps to improve their communities, not only for the immediate aftermath of a hateful act, but for years to come. It details best practices for how to start a local group opposing hate and to improve the work of organizations already engaged in this effort.
Written by people with decades of experience in the field, the guide notes that “hate may be manifested by different means (rallies, posters, social media postings, crimes, etc.) and may have a variety of targets (people of different ethnicity or religion, gender or sexual identity, even different politics). It underscores that it is a mistake to ignore hateful acts, as hate "imbedded as a noble idea can inspire individuals to acts of violence.”
The guide has detailed sections on messaging, traditional media and social media strategies, working with politicians and schools and academics, hate crimes, security, and research. Importantly, it also has a section on the importance of protecting free speech rights, and how, while doing so, to make the hater’s free speech exercise backfire.