DecontRamination - addressing hateful and discriminatory speech on the streets
An increased incidence of hate and discriminatory speech can be observed throughout Europe in media discourse, social media, politics, … and public spaces, streets, walls and parks are not exempted from this phenomenon. A lot of hateful messages can be observed from graffiti, writings, stickers and posters that ‘decorate’ our public spaces. Marginalized groups are primary targets of hate, negative stereotypization and stigmatization. The processes of othering are increasingly focusing on the LGBTIQ+ community, migrants and refugees, people of color, muslims…
We are aware that the incidence of hateful and discriminatory speech and hate directed towards marginalized groups is deeply rooted in ideologies and systems such as racism, patriarchy, misogyny, homophobia, nationalism,... so we deem crucial to equip ourselves with knowledge, skills and tools that offer us a different view on the world - a view that derives from respect, human rights, international cooperation, intercultural coexistence and fostering diversity...
The interactive online map DecontRamination that represents a platform for mapping the incidence of hate speech and hostility towards marginalized and stigmatized social groups. It allows us to monitor the happenings on the streets and provides inspiration for creating counter and alternative narratives to hate.
ABOUT THE PROJECT:
DecontRamination was first launched in 2013 under the auspices of Association Appareo. The initiative and the online map for mapping and monitoring hateful graffiti and street art was included in the Council of Europe ‘’No Hate’’ campaign as an example of good practice. Seeing that not much changed in the field of addressing and overcoming hate speech in public Pride Parade Association is now reviving the initiative to facilitate change.
HOW CAN YOU PARTICIPATE:
Join us on a walk along the paths of graffiti, street art, guerrilla activism and can-sprayed words. Be CONTRA and decontaminate hate! With your help we can map graffiti and writings with hostile and discriminatory content, and thus draw attention to the hate speech on the streets.
But also - BE POSITIVE. Help us map positive, inclusive and creative messages and graffiti with emancipatory speech.
If you notice
- Hate speech writing or graffiti
- Already countered and decotRaminated hateful ot discriminatory speech
Take a picture and send it together with a location of the grafitti to firstname.lastname@example.org
Every insight into the street life is more than welcome!
The map is coordinated by Pride Parade Association: www.ljubljanapride.org