Review by Choice Review
Books dealing with hate speech are likely to adopt one of two approaches. First Amendment absolutists are likely to see hate speech as an unfortunate but protected byproduct of free expression; diversity advocates point to a connection between hate speech and atrocious action, lamenting the fact that the US does not restrict such speech as other Western democracies do (a subject Anthony Cortese takes up in Opposing Hate Speech, CH, Sep'06, 44-0635). Waltman (Univ. of North Carolina) and Haas (Univ. of Tennessee) walk the tightrope well: though clearly opposed to hate mongers they see no call for legal remedies but rather advocate anti-hate narratives. The book is saturated with examples of hate speech (from novels, Web sites, public speeches), but the authors avoid criticism of Jessie Daniels's Cyber Racism: White Supremacy Online and the New Attack on Civil Rights (CH, Mar'10, 47-4125). In fact it is the integration of the examples that makes study so relevant and powerful for students, because they will encounter contemporary examples. Like Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic's Understanding Words that Wound (CH, Oct'04, 42-1071), this book will be useful for those who teach or are interested in communication--or any subject that touches on hate speech. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates; faculty. D. Caristi Ball State University
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