Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Professor Urges Students to Beware Hate Sites on the Internet

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Professor Urges Students to Beware Hate Sites on the Internet

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DETROIT - A Wayne State University communications professor and Holocaust survivor considers the Internet an increasingly used, effective marketing tool by hate groups.

"The Internet is the greatest thing that ever happened to hate,"Jack Kay, also an associate provost at the school, said last month while rallying a group of University of Detroit Mercy students to be watchful of hateful speech.

"It is up to us to do good," The Oakland Press of Pontiac quoted Kay as saying. "People do have a right to believe [in hate], but we have a responsibility to denounce what they say."

According to the watchdog Southern Poverty Law Center, hate-related Web sites increased by almost 60 percent in 1998. The organization that monitors hate groups nationwide said there were 254 such Web sites last year, up from 163 in 1997.

"The Internet and messages on the Internet are not just text," Kay told the students. …

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