Hate mail


Hate mail

Hate mail (as electronic, posted, or otherwise) is a form of harassment, usually consisting of invective and potentially intimidating or threatening comments towards the recipient. Hate mail often contains exceptionally abusive, foul or otherwise hurtful language.

The recipient may receive disparaging remarks concerning the subject's ethnicity, sexuality, religion, intelligence, political ideology, or sense of ethics. The text of hate mail often contains profanity, or it may simply contain a negative, disappropriating message.

ee also

*Death threat
*Flaming
*Obscene phone call

External links

cholarly articles

* [http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/els/09626298/2001/00000020/00000001/art00033 "The politics of geography: - hate mail, rabid referees, and culture wars"] "Political Geography", Vol. 20, No. 1, January 2001, pp. 1-12
* [http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0007-1234(198810)18%3A4%3C467%3A'STWWA%3E2.0.CO%3B2-M "'I Shoot Them with Words': An Analysis of Political Hate-Letters"] "British Journal of Political Science", Vol. 18, No. 4, October 1988, pp. 467-483

News articles

* [http://www.guardian.co.uk/elsewhere/journalist/story/0,7792,1126294,00.html "Jewish activists opposing the Israeli government's policies face intimidation and harassment via email and on the internet."] "Guardian Unlimited", 19 January 2004
* [http://www.canada.com/topics/news/national/story.html?id=8f4e1f6f-7b63-435f-8b3b-43623734ac0b&k=86532 "Postal workers upset with 'homophobic hate mail'"] Canadian Press, 26 October 2006
* [http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/1055606/ "Racist Hate Mail Found In Durham Mailboxes"] WRAL-TV, 10 October 2006

Examples

* [http://blog.iamanatheist.com/search/label/Hate%20mail IAmAnAtheist.com hate mail]


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