When Online Hate Speech Has Real World Consequences

This mini-lesson is part one of a two-part exploration of online hate speech, celebrity influence, and the real-life consequences they can engender. This installment uses a recent high-profile example of antisemitic rhetoric and action it inspired to prompt students' thinking about the dangerous role that celebrity influence and social media platforms can play in amplifying online hate speech. It also educates students about the origin and meaning of a common antisemitic trope so that they can better identify and deconstruct antisemitism they may see online. Finally, it helps students consider who is responsible for combating online hate and what methods should be used to do so. 

The lesson includes teacher-facing instructions as well as student-facing instructions. 

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  • Teen Engagement