When we hear about mass violence against marginalized groups of people, most folks would assume that violence has been sparked by hatred. But, experts say that’s not the case. In her recent op ed for the New York Times, Julia Angwin urges that “understanding the distinction between fear-inducing and hateful speech is crucial as we collectively grapple with how to govern global internet platforms.” Angwin consulted the Dangerous Speech Project’s Executive Director Susan Benesch, who said that, “genocidal leaders often use fear of a looming threat to prod groups into pre-emptive violence. Those who commit the violence do not need to hate the people they are attacking. They just need to be afraid of the consequences of not attacking.”
Angwin’s op ed is available on the New York Times’ site here.