Exploring Hate

“Things happen to the Asian-American community, but it’s quiet,” said George Takei. “But now, this generation, not my generation, but the generation after me, is galvanized and they will be active.”

Exploring Hate: Antisemitism, Racism and Extremism is The WNET Group’s new initiative tackling the roots and rise of hate in America and across the globe, providing historical programming and examining present-day threats, seeking to highlight solutions-based responses that promote understanding, healing and civility. Since the initiative launched in February 2021, 42 reports have appeared on The WNET Group’s news and public affairs programs.

Actor and sci-fi legend George Takei joined Hari Sreenivasan on Amanpour and Company to discuss his experience as a young Japanese American forced into internment camps during World War II, and the new wave of violence towards Asian Americans brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. PBS NewsHour Weekend reported on the ongoing effort to root extremists out of the military and law enforcement, and traced the history of anti-Asian violence in America. These are just a few examples of regular integrated Exploring Hate content in addition to local reporting on MetroFocus and NJ Spotlight News.

The first national documentary supported by this initiative was FRONTLINE: American Insurrection, shortly followed by FRONTLINE: Germany’s Neo-Nazi’s & The Far-Right. The initiative was also influential in the documentary Tulsa: The Fire and the Forgotten, as well as WLIW-FM radio special Exploring Hate on Eastern Long Island.

To learn more about Exploring Hate‘s robust offerings, including resources, data and analysis around antisemitism, racism and extremism, visit their website.