This chapter discusses a number of applications of the obscenity-based test aimed at determining whether an expression constitutes hate speech. It presents examples that focus on the sort of speech that degrades a population to less than fully human status, the same sort of degradation that some people have seen in pornography's degradation of humanity as a whole to an animal level. These examples include the case of Keith Dambrot, the head basketball coach at Central Michigan University during the 1992–1993 season; the correspondence between Carl Van Vechten and Langston Hughes in which the former, a white man, wrote of “niggers”; and the use of the word “nigger” by characters in several of Quentin Tarantino's films. This chapter also examines hate speech based on gender and sexual orientation.
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