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Get 'Em Out of Here: Incitement in an Era of Nativist Populism

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

The Bark Room, Room M104, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, M104 2 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011

Richard Ashby Wilson is Professor of Anthropology and Law at the University of Connecticut, a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation, and author of Incitement on Trial: Prosecuting International Speech Crimes (Cambridge University Press, 2017).

Abstract:  In 2016, Donald Trump encouraged his followers to “knock the crap out of” Black Lives Matter protestors, adding that he would cover their legal fees. BLM protestors assaulted at a 2016 Louisville rally have filed suit against the President and Nwanguma v. Trump is presently before the 6th Circuit. Standing U.S. incitement law requires that a speaker intentionally advocate the commission of a crime which is both likely and imminent. Courts, however, have made no systematic statement regarding the types of inciting speech and the contexts that are the most likely to trigger imminent violent acts. New social research can help fill the gap left by the courts at this crucial time by identifying the content, form, and circumstances most likely to result in imminent lawless action. Assembled into a checklist, the factors could provide guidance to judges and juries as they assess the gravity of a speech act and its likelihood of triggering violence against targeted minority groups.

Presented by The New School for Social Research.

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