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The Freedom to Be Racist?: How the United States and Europe Struggle to Preserve Freedom and Combat Racism

Erik Bleich


We love freedom. We hate racism. But what do we do when these two values collide? This book explores the policies that the United States, Britain, France, Germany, and other liberal democracies have implemented when faced with this challenge. The book's comparative historical approach reveals four central findings: first, most countries have restricted freedom for racist speech, associations, and motives since the end of World War II; second, this trend has more closely resembled a slow creep than a slippery slope; third, the United States has contradicted the overarching pattern by expanding ... More

Keywords: Freedom of speech, Freedom of association, discrimination, hate crime, racism, harm, United States, Britain, France, Germany

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199739684
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199739684.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erik Bleich, author
Middlebury College
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