Discarded all your beauty in despair,
declared yourself a concubine,
filled the bathtub full of wine,
bathed and drank the night away,
and said there’d never come a day
when politics would ever mean a thing.
I only said I'd stop the Ani lyrics. Be more specific next time.
From Racial Vilification Policy - empowerment, not punishment, by Dr Katharine Gelber:
Hate speech doesn't just impart incorrect information and stereotypes about people. It stereotypes its targets, it restricts their ability to participate as fully equal human beings in society. Racist stereotypes can contribute to a climate of justifying violence and discrimination against marginalised groups. But at the same time racist hate speech in fact does the marginalising. Vilification is not just unpleasant. It does things, which have been documented at this conference and elsewhere. These include limiting victims' personal liberty; leading hearers to internalise discriminatory messages, so that they begin to believe them; and silencing. Of these, the silencing impact is the most immediate, and I would argue, susceptible to remedy by hate speech policy.
If vilification silences and disempowers its targets - and this is both its aim and its outcome - then hate speech policy should be designed to redress the harm occasioned. Perpetrator-focussed remedies tend not to render targeted communities less silenced or less disempowered. This is why I advocate a policy of "speaking back"; a policy of providing educational, material and institutional assistance to targeted communities to respond to incidences of hate speech.
Providing assistance to targeted communities to respond allows them to challenge the silencing effects of hate speech - by actually speaking. It also allows them to contradict the claims made by hate speakers - by sending out their own messages.
In this way the hate speech has been responded to in an appropriate way, a way that empowers targeted communities to speak back. This policy is not perpetrator-focussed, rather it is focussed on empowering targeted communities.
Don't worry, it's from a conference in Australia. No one is talking about such heresy here. Or I'm just not looking in the right places.
Dr. Gelber's name appeared as a reference fairly early in Digital Representation: Racism on the World Wide Web, by Indhu Rajagopal with Nis Bojin. Bits of that might be appearing here in the near future, too. I think Neo sent the link to keep me distracted, so I would shut the hell up.
And it's working.