We are currently seeing a huge increase in discrimination and hate speech across Europe, on social media and in politics. On the streets, walls, buildings and parks: graffiti, signs, stickers, posters all occupy our public space, targeting marginalized groups and marking spaces as ones where they are not welcome. The victims of this othering include the LGBTIQ+ community, refugees and immigrants, black people, Muslim women and more.
We are aware that the phenomenon of hate speech and overall hatred of marginalized groups is deeply rooted in ideologies and systems such as racism, patriarchy, misogyny, sexism, homophobia and nationalism. Therefore it is crucial for us to equip ourselves with the knowledge and tools that offer us a different worldview. A view that comes from respect for human rights, international cooperation, intercultural coexistence and respect for diversity.
Below is an online map of DecontRaminacija, which provides the opportunity to record the incidents of public hate speech against socially stigmatized groups. It allows us to keep track of what’s happening on the streets as well as giving us a tangible place to start when we resist this hate.
Decontamination first began in 2013 and was lead by the association Appareo. The initiative, along with an online map for recording hate and discriminatory speech, was recognized as a good practice by the Council of Europe’s “Don’t Hate” campaign. Now the Ljubljana Pride Association is reviving the project, as we recognize that not much has changed in the field of addressing hate speech in Slovenia.
Join us for a walk along the paths of street art, guerrilla activism and canned spray words. Oppose and DecontRaminate Hate!
With your help, we will map the hate speech that occupies our spaces.
We want our communities to be positive, creative and proactive in resisting hate speech in all its forms.
If you notice:
– hateful graffiti, stickers, or other physical markets
– hate or discriminatory speech already neutralized or decontaminated,
take a photo and send it to us, with the location and any other information to firstname.lastname@example.org
We appreciate every contribution to this project, so thank-you for taking part!