Prof. Barbara Stark Posts ‘Hate Speech After Charlottesville’ on Human Rights at Home Blog

Barbara Stark, Professor of Law

On Nov. 7, Professor Barbara Stark posted the piece “Hate Speech After Charlottesville” on the Human Rights at Home Blog, a member of the of the Law Professor Blogs Network. This “Scholarly Voices” post is part of the Human Rights at Home Blog’s series of reflections on the past year since the November 2016 election.

In the piece, Professor Stark surveys the history of hate speech and responses to it in the United States and other Western democracies from the 1930s to today.

She concludes: “These are dangerous times. ‘Truth’ will not inevitably triumph. The prohibitions against hate speech embraced by the rest of the western democracies are clear, but nuanced. We should withdraw our reservations to the human rights conventions and join them. The alternative, in a post-Charlottesville world, is to leave regulation of hate speech to media like Facebook, which has noted that hate attracts a great many hits, and a President who revels in it.”

In October, Professor Stark was a panelist at the event “Reflections on Charlottesville: Revisiting Hate Speech and the First Amendment,” which was organized by Hofstra Law’s Monroe H. Freedman Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics.

Read the full piece on the Human Rights at Home Blog website.

View a video of the “Reflections on Charlottesville: Revisiting Hate Speech and the First Amendment” event on the Hofstra Law Scholarly Commons website.

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