In 2017, reports of hate crimes in the United States increased for the third consecutive year, according to the FBI.

In addition to physical acts, such actions and other messages of racism, intolerance and extremism potentially impact large numbers of people online.

During this live discussion, produced in partnership with WGBH and Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health, we discussed the spread of hate and racism and addressed several important questions.

What social, political and psychological forces drive prejudice? How do modern media and the internet enable and amplify hateful and racist messages? What are the impacts on the health and cohesion of society — and what can be done?

Related: Data — Hate crimes against Muslims increased after 9/11

This live webcast took place on Feb. 13, 2019.


Phillip Martin
Senior investigative reporter, WGBH News, and contributing reporter, The World

Panelists include:

Maureen Costello
Director of Teaching Tolerance and member of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s senior leadership team

Jim Doyle
Health care lawyer and former governor and attorney general of Wisconsin

Dipayan Ghosh
Pozen fellow, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Oren Segal
Director, Center on Extremism, Anti-Defamation League

David Williams
Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


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