How to Recognize Hate and Prejudice Online
Sometimes it can be hard to tell if what you're seeing really is hate or prejudice. Sometimes people will use words that they don't realize are offensive, or repeat things they heard from friends or family and never questioned.
As well, people who are spreading hate on purpose often cloak it with humour and irony, or disguise themselves as legitimate sources of information. Here are some signs that can help you recognize hate and prejudice:
Sometimes people spread hate on purpose, to try to get you to join or support their group, but you're just as likely to hear these things from people you know. Hate groups put a lot of work into making these attitudes seem normal and acceptable, so it's important for us to push back.
“Why would adults want to do that? Why would they want to fool kids? How could I fall for it?”
Remember that anybody can post anything online. Sometimes websites made by hate groups look better than websites for universities or government agencies!
Whether you’re speaking out against hate, reporting it, or just showing you don’t agree, we all have the power to stake a stand against hate online.