Berkeley Prof: Hate Speech Is ‘Industry For The Racist Right’

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A University of California, Berkeley professor authored an explainer on hate speech Tuesday in which he used exclusively right-wing examples of the concept.

George Lakoff, who teaches linguistics at the school, defined hate speech and provided a plethora of right-wing examples in a blog post on the official UC Berkeley site.

“Hate speech these days is not just speech by an individual,” said Lakoff. “It has become an industry for the racist right — organized, purposely provocative, a recruiting tool, and a show of power aiming at greater power.”

The professor’s examples of hate speech include President Donald Trump’s “racist attacks” on Muslims and Latinos and police who “target” racial minorities.

“ICE trapping undocumented immigrants for deportation” and “discriminatory laws that intimidate minorities from voting” are also listed as hate speech stemming from the government.

Lakoff argues that hate speech is “not ‘mere speech,'” but is “actually physical in nature,” arguing that “all ideas are physically constituted by neural circuitry in our brains.” The professor explains that hate speech may have a “crippling effect, physically, on your brain, mind and heart.”

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to Lakoff for comment, but received none in time for press.

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