Words that Wound: A Tort Action for Racial Insults, Epithets, and Name-Calling
Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, Vol. 17, p. 133, 1982
51 Pages Posted: 8 Feb 2012
Date Written: 1982
One of the first articles to discuss the problem of hate speech, Words That Wound discusses the harms of racist speech before proposing a new tort enabling its victims to recover damages from the utterer. I later expanded the article into a book with Jean Stefancic. Entitled Understanding Words That Wound, the book covers a range of recent problems including hate speech on the Internet, campus hate speech codes, and child porn.
Keywords: Race, Racism, Civil Rights, Hate Speech, Torts, Speech Codes, Discrimination
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