• Sandro Galea

    Sandro Galea Robert A. Knox Professor and dean of BU’s School of Public Health, can be reached at sgalea@bu.edu. Follow him on Twitter: @sandrogalea Profile

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There are 3 comments on POV: The Public Health Consequences of Hate

  1. Dean Galea,
    I am glad that you point out the health effects of othering in society. However, your premise for the article is misplaced. The attack on Charlie Hebdo was not an attack on a population or a group of people. It was an attack on a form of culture and expression. Mistaking the two is easy, and I would hope this distinction is not missed in your next pieces and conversations. Forms of communication can be disagreed with and should be discussed in our democratic systems. Of course, we shouldn’t tolerate violence because of it.
    What was indeed a hate attack on a people was the attack at the kosher store, which you somehow forgot to mention and just included as an afterthought in the death tally. A troubling omission.
    I am glad you emphasized the problems that come with this form of hatred, it is a pity you used the wrong part of the story to communicate it.

  2. Trying to distract from rising ethnic tensions in France to focus more on rapidly diminishing “hatred” against the LGBT community in Boston (of all places) is distasteful.

  3. I see how hatred of ‘the other’ feeds both violence towards ‘the other’ a violent response from ‘the other.’

    Religion is at the core of this ‘other’ violence and a large amount of violence throughout the world, and throughout history.

    A natural extension of your premise is that a religion that defines ‘other’ is unhealthy. I agree, but what do you DO in a world full of religious intolerance?

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