On March 27, 2018 The Harold F. Johnson Library at Hampshire College hosted a panel, Hate at Hampshire: Uniting as a Community Against Hate Speech, to explore antisemitic hate speech at Hampshire College as part of a larger pattern on campuses across the country.
These resources were suggested by panelists and assembled by library staff to support research on this topic for those interested in learning more. Please also check back for a link to a full transcript of the panelists' presentations in the near future.
Here are some starting points for examining why acts of hate occur in libraries, as well as some of the ways libraries are responding:
Mele, C. (December 8, 2016). “Libraries become unexpected sites of hate crimes.” New York Times.
Garcia-Navarro, L. [interview with Judge Alex Rueda.] (February 5, 2017). “Teenagers get unusual punishment for spray painting swastikas.” NPR’s Weekend Edition.
American Library Association. (November 15, 2016). "Libraries Respond."
The American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom (ALA/OIF), section on hate speech and hate crimes http://www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/hate
Library Bill of Rights (ALA/OIF) http://www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/librarybill
Interpretations of the Library Bill of Rights (ALA/OIF) http://www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/librarybill/interpretations
Hatewatch, a Southern Poverty Law Center database collecting data on hate incidents nationwide.
Documenting Hate Independent news organization ProPublica’s efforts to keep track of hate crimes as they occur.
Hate Crime Statistics for 2016 as reported to the FBI by local law enforcement.
Do you know of other organizations that would be useful to share here? Please let us know!