In light of such developments, we will be asking a panel of high profile public figures – “do racists have a right to be heard?”
The event, taking place at the RSA, follows research carried out by the Runnymede Trust and projects supported by Trust for London with potential perpetrators of racist violence, which has found that many institutions and practitioners are fearful of engaging with racists.
Should racists participate in the public arena, so as to be openly challenged on their views? Or by abiding by sacred liberal values and the rights to freedom of speech, do we risk normalising repugnant attitudes? Should those who espouse racist views be shunned or reasoned with? Is it time to re-assess the limits of free speech? Is zero-tolerance the best defence, or does it foster resentment, drive racism underground and store up trouble for the future?
Speakers to include Sunder Katwala, director, British Future, Catherine Fieschi, director, Counterpoint and Nigel Warburton, philosopher and author of Free Speech: A Very Short Introduction
Chair: Rob Berkeley, director, The Runnymede Trust
Supported by the Runnymede Trust and the Trust for London.
Suggested hashtag for Twitter users: #RSARace
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