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We study dangerous speech and ways to counteract it.

People don’t commit violence against other groups - or even condone it - spontaneously. First they must be taught to see other people as pests, vermin, aliens, or threats. Malicious leaders often use the same types of rhetoric to do this, in myriad cultures, languages, countries, and historical periods. We call this Dangerous Speech. Violence might be prevented by making it less abundant or less convincing. We work to find the best ways to do this – while protecting freedom of expression.


What is Dangerous Speech? [Video]

This six-minute introductory video explains Dangerous Speech and its five elements, with historical and contemporary examples from around the world.

Great new counterspeech resource

A collaboration of #ICANHELP, iCanHelpline.org, the Dangerous Speech Project, HeartMob, and Project HEAR, this comic distills counterspeech tips into an accessible graphic that is great for students.

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The Dangerous Speech Project is hiring a Communications Fellow to do research and support our social media and public relations work.

Dangerous Metaphors: How Dehumanizing Rhetoric Works

Dr. Anna Szilagyi describes how dehumanizing rhetoric – a key hallmark of Dangerous Speech – affects our thoughts and perceptions, making violence more acceptable.