The Importance Of Hate Speech

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This rhetorical technique changes a person, group, action or idea into an object of laughter or scorn. “Ridicule attacks the basic worth and credibility of persons and ideas, thus endangers any assigned or claimed legitimacy. By inspiring an emotional response, ridicule highlights the counterintuitive aspects of an argument or action, making it appear foolish or ridiculous and contrary to common sense” (Woodward, Denton, 2014: 72). Alinsky claims “ridicule is man’s most potent weapon” because “it is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule. Also, it infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage” (Alinsky, 1989: 132). Ridicule is also a form of humour, it is used both by individuals and groups in order to debase an authority and credibility of another person, group, association or movement. Ridicule is employed to envision a person, action or idea seem inconsistent, illogical or silly. However, Alinsky emphasises the fact that humour, which may be expressed by means of ridicule, is “essential to a successful tactician” (Alinsky, 1989: 85). Thus, for presidential candidates, it is a significant tactic which may help avoid criticism or attacks from the public, media or other politicians. A much more aggressive form of ridicule may take a form of hate speech. Hate speech is concerned with any speech act, gesture, conduct, written or graphic form of communication which is judgmental and pejorative towards a person or a group in regard to race, gender, disability,

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