By Amy Clarke
Research Fellow, Centre for Hate Studies
In the summer of 2022, the Centre for Hate Studies (CHS) created a brand-new podcast series, Hidden Hate, hosted by myself and Neil Chakraborti. Our aim was to create a podcast for anyone who wants to learn more about issues of hate, and who perhaps wants to make a positive difference by being a good ally and bystander. In the wider context, we are continuing to see spiralling levels of hate crime in every region of the world, alongside increased scapegoating and a heightened sense of hostility directed towards minoritised groups. Consequently, for us, this series was designed to shine a light on themes which have become all too urgent within a climate of political, social and economic instability.
As well as giving us the opportunity to probe difficult questions about ‘hidden hate’, each episode features leading voices from diverse backgrounds whose ideas provide a sense of hope and inspiration for a better future. The themes of each episode – Hate and the Digital World, Hating Disability, Hating Immigrants, and Hating Women – focus on a pressing set of challenges which we felt would resonate with a diverse range of public and professional audiences.
A core part of our mission within the CHS is to engage as widely and as accessibly as we possibly can to transform public recognition of hate, hostility and harassment in all its forms. We have done this to date by producing a series of award-winning films and animations that centre victims’ stories. With this podcast, we continue to work towards our goal of encouraging more kindness, compassion and empathy.
Below are details of all our episodes and our amazing and inspiring guests.
Episode 1: Hate and the Digital World
In this episode, we are joined by Professor Matt Williams and Dr Ashton Kingdon to explore the extent and nature of cyberhate and online extremism. As the UK advances its Online Safety Bill, with far-reaching consequences for social media platforms’ responsibilities for abuse and harassment, the team asks how the digital landscape has shaped and facilitated hate crime, and how law-enforcement, legislators, tech companies, and the public should respond.
Episode 2: Hating Disability
In this episode alongside victims, activists and academics Dr David Wilkin and Dr Erin Pritchard, we discuss whether society really ‘hates’ disabled people, and what it feels like to personally experience hostility on the basis of your disability. The team explore their visions for more inclusive and tolerant public spaces for disabled people.
Episode 3: Hating Immigrants
We are joined in this episode by Gurpreet Sidhu, founder of BLM in the Stix and campaigner for equality, as well as Dr Chris Allen, expert in extremism and Islamophobia. The team explore what exactly is driving anti-immigrant hate and the influence of politics in this space. The issue of racism in the English countryside and tips on being an anti-racist ally are also discussed.
Episode 4: Hating Women
In this final episode of Hidden Hate, we are joined by former Nottinghamshire Chief Constable Sue Fish, who championed the addition of misogyny hate crime, and activist Gina Martin, who campaigned for the criminalisation of upskirting and has spoken about her experience of stalking. The team discuss the toxic culture in policing towards women, what it’s like to actually change the law, and what we as a society could be doing better to make all women safer.
We hope to record a second series of Hidden Hate in the near future! The podcast is produced by Chaos Created and all episodes are now available via the Hidden Hate Podcast website, Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.
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