I heard once in school: “generalizations based on religion, or race or gender are simply unjust.”

Hate speech is define as a speech that attacks a person or group on the basis of attributes such as gender, ethnic origin, religion, race, disability, or sexual orientation.

Are Donald Trump’s speeches, HATE SPEECH?

Banning Muslins from entering the country or people of a particular religion or race being identified and treated differently because of it… Calling Mexicans criminals… He has already upset the african american community, the latino and immigrant community, the Muslin and Jewish community… What is next?

In law, hate speech is any speech, gesture or conduct, writing, or display which is forbidden because it may incite violence or prejudicial action against or by a protected individual or group, or because it disparages or intimidates a protected individual or group.

The American Jewish Committee’s (AJC) director, David Harris, noted the timing of Trump’s statement: “As Jews who are now observing Hanukkah, a holiday that celebrates a small religious minority’s right to live unmolested, we are deeply disturbed by the nativist racism inherent in the candidate’s latest remarks,” Harris said.

You don’t need to go back to the Hanukkah story to see the horrific results of religious persecution; religious stereotyping of this sort has been tried often, inevitably with disastrous results. David Harris (AJC)

Communication theory provides some insight into the harms caused by hate speech.

  1. Racist expressions allow minorities to be categorized with negative attributes tied to them, and are directly harmful to them.
  2. Racist speech could cause in the recipient of the message direct physical and emotional changes (Dr. Mari Matsuda, UCLA Law Professor)
  3. The repeated use of such expressions cause and reinforce the subordination of these minorities.
  4. The Court stated that segregation “generates a feeling of inferiority as to their status in the community that may affect their hearts and minds in a way unlikely ever to be undone.”

The real fear in Donald Trump’s speeches is how it resounds in a significant number of people within the republican party in the USA. I will abstain from calling it “The Republican Party” because not all republicans agree with DT’s comments and remarks. Some people in the republican party is supporting his ideology and ideas, goals, expectations, and motivations which is a dangerous vision. It is surprising and it has to be taken into consideration the significant group of people within the republican party that followed and applauded DT. This should be feared.