Dallas Holocaust Museum 211 North Record Street #100 Dallas, TX 75202
Do Words Kill? Hate Speech, Propaganda, and Incitement to Genocide
Detail of a 1936 poster entitled “All of Germany Listens to the Führer with the People’s Radio” depicts a crowd gathered around the radio, symbolizing its mass appeal. Bundesarchiv Koblencz (Plak003-022-025)
What makes hate speech dangerous and when does it cross the line to incitement and violence? This talk will address new thinking about the factors that give speech the power to promote violent hate, the hallmarks of this kind of "dangerous speech," and what can be done to counter such speech without restricting freedom of expression. Dr. Elizabeth White, Research Director of the Center for the Prevention of Genocide at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, will discuss where dangerous speech is occurring today and options for addressing it.
The international community faces an ongoing challenge in protecting the rights to freedom of opinion and expression while also combating incitement to genocide and preventing violence based on hatred.