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Minorities and the Escalation of Hate Speech in the West: Causes and Solutions

The last four years have witnessed an escalation of hate speech and violent acts against religious and ethnic minorities in the West. Among the leading causes are ignorance about the other, the dissolution of social and political bonds, rabid nationalism, white supremacy, and political leaders, who through their popular discourse encouraged the "othering" of religious and ethnic minorities. This roundtable discussion is composed of two panels, the first of which will look at the discourse of hate and its impact on minority communities. The second panel will explore various creative solutions with an emphasis on interfaith action.

Session 1: The discourse of Hate Speech and Its Impact on Society 4pm-5:30pm

Session 2: Promoting Co-Existence and Interfaith Solutions 6pm-7:30pm

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