Politics of Hate category archive
The Refugee 0
In the Tampa Bay Times, a Florida mother explains why the hate-full antics of Florida’s Governor DeSantis have convinced her to take her family and leave the state.
CPAC Unpacked 0
The Bullies’ Pulpit 0
Stephanie Hayes thinks she has identified the location of said pulpit.
The Oathkeeper 0
Word Prey 0
The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Angry Grammarian thinks he may have identified the word in the right-wing’s crosshairs:
I’ve written previously about how the right stole woke and turned it into a derisive insult. A surge in national conversations about antiracism in recent years provoked a desire for an anti-antiracist response that didn’t sound so . . . racist. Woke–with its shifting part of speech and malleable definition–provided an opening.
Now it’s intersectionality’s turn.
Follow the link for his reasoning.
It’s Celebration Time, Come On! 0
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Gene Collier remarks on how one celebrant observed President’s Day. A snippet (emphasis added); follow the link for the complete piece.
While most Americans limit their Presidents Day celebrations to an earnest evaluation of whether it’s time for a new mattress, some have resolved to avoid holiday mattress sales altogether because they’re still embarrassed that they thought firm, plush, and pillow-top were the names of the Spice Girls. . . .
But most American are not Marjorie Taylor Greene, congresswoman from Georgia, who celebrated Presidents Day by honoring her favorite president, Jefferson Davis.
“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0
I trust you realize that this meets the textbook definition of terrorism, i. e., violent acts to induce fear for political gain.
Dis Dishonorable Discourse 0
For Veterans Day, Frances Coleman shared some memories of her father, who fought in World War II (as did my own father).
She mused about what he fought for–and about what he didn’t fight for.
More than 400,000 American soldiers didn’t die in World War II so that today, we could spuriously accuse one another of stealing elections. They did not die so that manipulative candidates could maliciously pit voters against one another. Nor did they die so that we could try to limit, rather than expand, people’s access to the ballot box.
Especially, they didn’t die so that this country’s worst enemy could become its own people.
Follow the link for the rest of her article.
Gutting Out the Vote 0
My friend saw a news report about the
goons folks whe have been patrolling Arizona’s ballot drop boxes while carrying weapons and wearing body armor; she asked me if I knew anthing about it.
I said, “They claim that they are protecting the integrity of the vote, but they are actually right-wing–er–enthusiasts trying to intimidate voters.”
Know Them by the Company They Keep 0
Charles Blow notices a pattern.
Suffer the Children, the Children Strike Back 0
Sam and his crew discuss Virginia students’ protest against Virginia’s Governor Trumpkin’s bigoted actions towards trans kids, who, ass the writer of a letter to the editor of my local rag pointed out, are a minuscule percentage of the population.
It wasn’t just in Northern Virginia, folks.
The Disinformation Industrial Complex 0
Joe Pierre, writing at Psychology Today Blogs, is less than optimistic about the role mistrust and misinformation play in dis coarse discourse. Here’s a bit of what he says; follow the link for the rest (emphasis added).
Mistrust and misinformation feed off one another. Mistrust leads to belief in misinformation, and misinformation breeds mistrust.
Now, why is there so much misinformation out there? Misinformation and disinformation—the deliberate spread of falsehoods—is a for-profit industry where the pay-offs are financial and political.
Those sitting atop of the disinformation food chain are masters of exploiting the normal cognitive machinery that we use to process information, taking full advantage of our propensity for confirmation bias, cognitive dissonance, and motivated reasoning that all act in the service of preserving a stable sense of self where ideology and identity are fused.