The Trump administration has launched an unprecedented war on social media, and the country’s worst fears are coming true.
This is a guide to what it takes to protect yourself.
Understand the definition of hate speech and what it means to be a victim of it.
Hate speech is speech that demeans, torments, or otherwise threatens a group based on race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, gender, sexual orientation, age, or marital status.
Hate crimes have been on the rise in recent years, and many of the attacks that were recently reported on the White House are now under investigation.
The term is often misused, but it’s defined broadly.
” Hate speech ” is defined broadly in the First Amendment to the Constitution as speech “containing, or intended to contain, statements of hatred, bigotry, or contempt for any person or group of persons.”
The term includes “any speech that advocates violence or inflicts severe physical or mental harm.”
The definition is not limited to hate speech.
For example, an employer could be required to investigate a company that is responsible for racist or sexist remarks, but not one that promotes violence against people of color.
If you are a victim or witness of a hate crime, there is a process in place to file a police report, which can lead to arrests.
There is also a website where victims can report their assaults and even find a lawyer to represent them.
The FBI has launched a hotline to help victims, but the process is often slow.
There are online resources for reporting hate crimes, including a Hate Crimes Task Force.
Know your rights.
It’s not just hate speech that can be protected by the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances,” the Constitution reads.
If the government doesn’t protect you, you have a legal right to do something about it.
It might be asking your employer to investigate and remove hate speech, calling your local police, filing a police harassment complaint, or filing a complaint with a civil rights agency.
When you have been targeted by hate, there are legal remedies you can pursue.
Some are available through civil lawsuits, such as a class action lawsuit.
Others are available in court, where you can prove that the government did something to you in order to further your rights and protect others.
You may be able to file an action for damages, which is a type of class action.
This can be especially important if you believe the government targeted you because of your race, gender or national origin.
The Civil Rights Division of the U