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From the Publisher"Cortese provides his readers with tools for talking back to speech that incites hatred or violence based on religion, race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. Cortese sees prevention as a more effective technique than legal restrictions on hate speech; he outlines a rational basis for rejecting bigoted talk by focusing on equal treatment and equal protection under the law. His focus is on media sources—Web sites, film, television, radio, newspapers, magazines—as well as social movements, pride marches, and demonstrations that fight for minority rights and those that oppose them. He concludes by exploring what readers can do to counter and eliminate hate speech at the individual level."
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"Employing critical race theory to structure his thesis, Cortese sketches a stage-developmental model of hate speech severity to make a case for the pervasiveness and perniciousness of hate speech in various institutional sectors of contemporary society….Recommended. General collections."