Stories of hate

  • DATE:

    2016 March-April

    Amnesty International Norway & Association on for Children and Young People CHANCE
    Art direction; Cover design; Grid layout; DTP; graphic design, Photo editing
  • TOOLS:
    InDesign, lllustrator, Photoshop
    Publishing design, Editorial design, Typography

Material used in this publication was collected by the team of young people involved in the activities of Lower Silesian Campaign against hate speech – the project implemented within the framework of the “Citizens for Democracy” Programme financed by the the EOG Funds.

The project has been implemented by the Association on for Children and Young People CHANCE in Głogów (Poland) in partnership with Amnesty International Norway.


Most probably because many people experienced hate in their lives, or at least they think so.

Most probably those situations resulted in learning something about ourselves – about our own feelings, about how to react, how we perceive ourselves or other people.

Hate can be expressed in many forms and it is impossible to tackle all of them in such a small publication. Therefore, we are dealing only with the stories of young people who experienced hate speech online.

Behind every case of hate speech there is a human being, who because of certain characteristics was threatened or laughed at. These people decided to use various strategies to react to hate speech they experienced – from ignoring it to reporting it to the police. They told us their stories and we would like to present them to you. When discussing hate speech, we tend to forget that on both sides – a victim and a perpetrator – there are real people with their feelings. They are often left alone with what happened to them not knowing what to do.

This publication:

  • Is not a guide on how to react to hate speech: each case of hate speech should be treated individually; therefore, it is difficult to propose universal ways of dealing with it. It depends on many factors, such as: who is a perpetrator? What is the relationship between the perpetrator and the person who was targeted with hate speech? How strong is the person to resist the attack? What skills does the person has to do it? What is the context of the situation? The stories presented in this publication encourage reflection on how to react to hate speech.
  • Does not describe all possible forms of hate speech: this is simply not possible
  • Describes the phenomenon of hate speech from the point of view of the people who experienced it
  • Tries to propose how to use presented cases in acting against hate speech online, mainly in educational context.

“Stories of Hate” is not a closed publication – autors plan to keep adding new cases.

Some names in the stories were changed on the request of people who provided them.

"I have worked with Łukasz on several occasions. He was involved in the development of the visuals of the campaign against hate speech online that included: posters for the events implemented within the campaign and elements for the campaign web site. He also designed the layout of all graphics for the campaign publications: brochures and the manuals for the campaign. As a campaign coordinator, I can say that all materials provided by Łukasz were very creative and of very good quality. The process of designing them was very cooperative: Łukasz responded with good care to all suggestions coming from the campaign team and adapted them according to our needs. At the same time, he put forward his own proposals and instructed the team how it all can be best done. I very much enjoyed Łukasz’s creativity and his involvement in designing the materials. I would definitely recommend Łukasz as a very responsible and creative designer, one can learn a lot with."

— Dariusz Grzemny

I’ve been designing various publications and marketing material for Szansa since 2006.

Szansa is a NGO based in Glogow (PL), working with kids, youth and adults to prevent child abuse. Focusing on education and social awareness programs it includes local society into the mission. It’s also a vital cultural and social partner in a region.