As soon as I read the question I thought of Pauline Hanson for some reason. Then I thought of the Ku Klux Klan. In my opinion . . .I think that hate speech is usually misguided bigotry aimed at inciting others to act a certain way on your behalf whilst you walk away like teflon. I find hate speech very scary. I have dear friends, some of whose emails I won't read, as soon as I realise the content. They are good, kind people with misguided ideals who don't seem to realise they are propagating the evils of hate speech. We are only here for a short time . . . I just wish we could all get along :((
Yes, I thought of Pauline Hanson who dislikes Muslims. Then there are the hate speeches from Muslim clerics inciting young people to kill themselves and as many people as they can in suicide bombings, the lone wolf who have been radicalised to kill Westerners, and the young people who have been radicalised and called to fight for ISIS in another land. It is misguided as someone said. Misguided loyalty to country and / or ideology, and / or religion. All of this would have been going on in northern Ireland as well. Palestinian and Jews. People were taught to hate before they could talk. Some of this hate speech has been around for centuries, some of it is more recent. Some Australians are now spouting hate towards Muslims, as they see them as a threat. Some of the things Pauline Hanson says are her ramblings, but when I looked at and researched her points of view, some things are quite valid. If we don't want home grown terrorism, maybe we should cut back on muslim immigration, and don't get me started on the increasing population versus lack of infrastructure issue. We can't accept more immigrants until we build more cities or towns, possibly in regional areas, to house them.
It's a bit more than sharing an opinion. It's saying something that propagates hatred towards a group or an individual based on their ethnicity, religion, sex, sexuality, probably some other things I can't think of just now.
That's a good question. I'm really not sure. On one hand I think it's a term that is sometimes used to protect specific groups of persons from criticism. On the other hand, I think it can be expression of unfounded expression of hatred for a particular group of people with a society.
I think hate speech is more based on someone's fear/hatred/anger/rage/paranoia, etc., etc. Towards a person or group as a way of projecting the emotion, rather than owning it & dealing with it in a much more appropriate & ethical manner. Then no-one gets hurt.