Hate Speech : Considering The Victim 's Story Essay
1. Psychological Factors and Internalization
Matsuda argues that the impact of hate speech can lead to both psychological factors that are expressed physically and internalization. Psychological factors can include: “fear in gut, rapid pulse rate and difficulty breathing, nightmares, PTSD, hypertension, psychosis and suicide” 1 These factors aid in building her point of the physical damage words can cause onto an individual that is subjected to such speech. She also argues for internalization, because an individual that is perpetually targeted by hate speech will begin to feel worthless about themselves which in turn can cause a gradual loss in self-esteem.
2. Violence and Discrimination, Alteration in mind of others and Feelings of…