Hate speech is not only an issue of the digital or physical environment but one that requires personal change to support global change. Founding director of University of Richmond's Common Ground Glyn Hughes asks, "What's happening to white supremacism as we talk about it in different ways?" When responding to the white supremacy march in Charlottesville, Virginia, the issue goes much farther than the faces we saw marching. "We ought to bring that same kind of urgency and self-inquiry to ourselves about any kinds of rationales in our institution, to not hear the voices of those whom we have historically excluded, to critique ourselves, to stand in the way of a critique of how we operate normally."
Deb Mashek, Executive Director for the Heterodox Academy, agreed, giving the audience a few self-realization techniques to improve their actions and empathy of others. "We need to take time to hear and see the humility in those we hate," Mashek advised. When presented with a conflict of the heart or mind we must ask ourselves, "What can I learn about myself by observing my reactions here?"