At Psychology Today Blogs, Claire Jack suggests that many tactics we see in our political you-can-hardly-call-it discourse are “emotional and manipulative tactics” that amount to gaslighting on a societal level. An excerpt, referring to the current reaction to the police murder of George Floyd (emphasis; follow the link for the rest.
Some of these protests have culminated in forcibly removing the statues of Confederate generals and men who built their wealth on the slave trade, and calling for the removal of others. People have been calling for the removal of these monuments for years, in some cases. Retaining these monuments – when they are a daily reminder of the atrocities which were carried out in these men’s names and which are highly offensive to some sectors of society – is a form of gaslighting. It’s a way of communicating to a black person whose ancestors died on the ships coming from Africa or who were forced into slavery, that your experience is less important than mine.
By the way, the last sentence above captures succinctly why those monuments were erected in the first place.