Politics of Hate category archive
Trumpled at the high school soccer game:
Her sister, Darcy said she also had racial slurs shouted at her.
“One person said, ‘Hey, number 20. I hope you’re embarrassed.’ I heard another one of them say, ‘Nice shot, n****,'” said Darcy.
Both girls said they brought the harassment to the attention of a referee and staff members, but nothing was done to stop it during the game.
Much more at the link.
Via Raw Story.
Thom muses on the current increase in hate crimes against the background America’s heritage of racism, as illuminated by Laura Ingraham’s recent rant.
Leonard Pitts, Jr., looks back at the white-wing violence in Charlottesville a year ago. He has tired of mealy-mouthed equivocations masquerading as “civility” and suggests that facts should not be subject to debate.
If Trump is motivated by sympathy for supremacists, people like Zuckerberg seem to act from something more insidious and complex: a kind of misguided open-mindedness, an extreme insistence on hearing “all sides” — even when there is only one.
They turn intolerance into a sterile intellectual exercise, the fears and experiences of its victims reduced to irrelevant footnotes. We debate the meaning of “alt-right,” debate whether Twitter should give David Duke’s account the same credibility it gives Jim Acosta’s, debate whether Holocaust deniers should be on Facebook and never seem to get that in the very act of making hatred a “debate,” we legitimize it, give it a seat at the table.
(I would further argue that “civility’ refers to how you present an argument, not to the argument itself. Denying the holocaust, just to pick an example, is inherently uncivil, regardless how sweet the words or dulcet the tone; doing so denies not only a well-documented event–not only were there witnesses, but the Nazis kept records–but also the humanity of those who suffered it, as well as denying the inhumanity of those who perpetrated it.)
Jim Wright dissects the Trumplers’ rage at NFL players’ daring to kneel during the national anthem.
No excerpt or summary can do his piece justice. Just read it.
Starting with the recent kerfuffle over Alex Jones, Michael J. Socolow analyzes the appeal of hate-speech. After recounting a short history of hate-full-ness in American history, he posits some thoughts about why it finds a welcoming audience. Here’s a nugget:
And a large audience of disappointed people looking for excuses will always exist. Their civics textbooks and teachers taught them that hard work, diligence, obedience to authority and responsible living inevitably results in economic prosperity.
But it often doesn’t work out that way. They feel lied to, and InfoWars exists to confirm* their suspicions.
*I would have said, “exploit.”
Farron dissects Laura Ingraham’s now notorious rant against immigrants.
In an item on the same theme, Monica Hesse offers a theory as to why why Alex Jones and his acolytes are so frightened of the Other (which “Other” keeps changing, but, take it from me, there is always an “Other.” I commend the entire piece to your attention. Here’s a key bit:
I don’t know how to explain to Alex Jones’s listeners that the groups they see as so scary are actually the groups they have spent decades scaring. I don’t know what to do about people who want the playing field to be level now but didn’t notice or care whether it was level before. I don’t know whether to be patient or enraged.
In a thoughtful piece, David considers whether Spotify, iTunes, et al., decision to remove Alex Jone’s material from their sites is in violation of the First Amendment. He also notes the irony that Jones’s vocal advocacy of free enterprise goes hand-in-hand vocal demands for free hosting.
Brian Greenspun marvels at the Republican Family Values of ripping the children or immigrants and asylum-seekers from the arms of their parents. A snippet:
Through the decades, though, as the nature of human interaction and the darker human instincts overruled decency and neighborliness, there has never been the slightest concern about the role of government in the fight to protect children from harm.
Until Donald Trump.
Do please read the rest.
The Trump administration has created a predators’ paradise by ripping children from their parents and putting them on the counters of old Walmarts.
Talking Points Memo details the long history of the gut out the vote movement.
Just read it.