Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019
Hate crimes and incidents of hate speech are on the rise – sometimes with deadly consequences. In Charlotte and North Carolina, a lot of the hate speech seen on college campuses is facilitated by social media.
Last fall two Davidson College students shared hate speech on social media and no longer attend the college. At Queens University of Charlotte, a swastika was drawn on a whiteboard. Other incidents were reported on campuses around the state.
In classrooms from kindergarten all the way to college educators are dealing with the fact that they often don’t know what kind of conversations are happening among students on social media. Schools can’t control what people think or feel, so, how do they handle what students post?
Rabbi Judy Schindler, director of the Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice at Queens University of Charlotte
Laura Dunnagan, co-editor-in-chief at Davidson College’s student newspaper The Davidsonian