Grand Polemics Art of Mind Meeting #17

Should We Love Or Hate Racists?

May 5, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Tristan Lauber Studio 4848A ave. du Parc, Montreal, qc H2V 4E6
Moderator: Geoff Brown

Should We Love Or Hate Racists?

For many decades, it seemed as if we were making progress against prejudice and towards achieving equal opportunity for people of different races, religions, and cultural backgrounds. But racism and populism are now regaining popularity, which raises the question of how we must deal with the problem. Some activists take a "love the sinner, hate the sin" approach, most notably Daryl Davis. This black American Jazz musician has befriended more than 20 KKK members over the past three decades. He believes that he has successfully deconverted 40-60 members, and that he is indirectly responsible for over 200 members leaving the Klan. He believes that his non-judgmental treatment of racists is what has allowed him to be successful in changing their views. Other groups believe that suppression, censor or even violence are the proper response. Racism should be cut off at the source by protesting racist groups in public, and preventing them from spreading their message in the media whenever possible. Racism is a deplorable ideology, and we should speak our mind to anyone who clings to it. Protest movements like "Punch a Nazi" believe that violence sends an appropriate message. Should we respond to racism with empathy or spite? Do we need a mix of different strategies? Different approaches for different situations? What is the best method for us to make progress against hatred and prejudice?


5 min 6:00pm - 6:05pm
Business Session
Geoff Brown 5 min 6:05pm - 6:10pm
Should We Love Or Hate Racists?
Geoff Brown 95 min 6:10pm - 7:45pm
10 min 7:45pm - 7:55pm
Closing Words
Geoff Brown 5 min 7:55pm - 8:00pm
Agenda PDF