Essay on Hate Groups on the Internet

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The Web of Hate Technology has provided our society with numerous innovations that have been created to improve the quality of life on a daily basis. One such innovation is the Internet. The access to a wide variety of information is perhaps the most valuable tool, as well as the most important tool, that we have entering the twenty-first century. There are virtually no limits on how much can be achieved through the use of the Internet. This is not, however, necessarily a good thing. Most people find that offensive material such as child pornography and hate-related propaganda can be viewed by people too easily via the Internet. While child pornography is a detestable subject, it does not…show more content…
A hate group is an organization of individuals who believe that another group of individuals, be it ethnic or religious or both, is wrong or evil. The hate group prides itself on the common background of its members who usually share the same religious views as well as ethnicity. Some well known hate groups include the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, skinheads, and Aryan Nation to name a few. These groups are primarily white Christians and oppose blacks, Asians, Hispanics, homosexuals, and Jews. According to the Anti-Defamation League, there are hundreds of hate groups in the United States alone who maintain websites that are accessed by thousands. Now that we have defined what a hate group is made up of, we must further look at what hateful material consists of. Simple opinions of people do not necessarily constitute hate. You can for instance, have a web site stating that you “hate” a certain music group and this would not necessarily be considered hateful content, because you are allowed to express your opinion of the music that they are making. However, if you were to attack individuals or specific groups of people for the sole reason of race, religion, or physical and mental characteristics that are beyond their control this would be considered hateful content. By stating that you hate a music group, you would have had to experience their music and really gotten a feel for it
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