Words that wound, bodies that shield: Corporeal responses to Westboro Baptist Church’s hate speech

@article{Murray2016WordsTW,
  title={Words that wound, bodies that shield: Corporeal responses to Westboro Baptist Church’s hate speech},
  author={B. Murray},
  journal={First Amendment Studies},
  year={2016},
  volume={50},
  pages={32 - 47}
}
  • B. Murray
  • Published 2016
  • Art
  • First Amendment Studies
  • Abstract In the following essay, I argue that the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Snyder v. Phelps, together with the symbolic and spatial contexts surrounding funeral picketing, enables and constrains particular modes of community response to hate speech. Exploring community responses to Westboro Baptist Church’s hate speech reveals a mode of resistance based in corporeal presence, as counter-demonstrators’ bodies are used to shield mourners from messages of hate. The corporeal nature of these… CONTINUE READING
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