Right-Wing Political Groups and Hate Speech
Chapter 2: White Apocalypse: Camouflaging Hate Speech Among The Discourses of the Right
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WHITE APOCALYPSE: CAMOUFLAGING HATE SPEECH AMONG THE DISCOURSES OF THE RIGHT
Racist novels are texts that use the narrative structure to communicate a hateful worldview to readers. Compelling plot lines can capture a reader’s imagination. Narrative heroes can be placed in circumstances that allow them to reveal valued personae and perform heroic and admirable actions. Villains may offer important contrasts to heroes and may exemplify undesirable qualities that readers should avoid. Readers may learn how the positive attributes of heroes result in positive consequences for the hero and his community. Similarly, readers may learn how the undesirable qualities of the villain may result in negative consequences for the hero and his/her community. In brief, there are a variety of lessons that authors may teach through these narratives.
Racist novels have played an important role in the development of the hate movement in the United States and internationally. Specifically, they have been an important means by which authors communicate the beliefs and ideology of the hate movement to readers. As readers learn to identify with heroes and the story line, the novel may make those beliefs and ideological elements influential and compelling. Research has found that ← 9 | 10 → racist novels may help to create a collective memory for those in the hate movement, may be a recruiting tool for the hate movement, and may be used to instruct readers about desirable racist identities (Waltman & Davis, 2005; Waltman & Haas, 2010;...
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