Trump “animals” comment: the disturbing power of dehumanizing language – Vox

Calico Jack discusses and links to an article on the use of dehumanizing language, a very disturbing article with survey results.

The Psy of Life

The trends that I’ve been seeing have me even more alarmed than I ever have been before. As a whole, as a country, as an electorate, we have gone from being the United Fucking States of Fucking Stupid to being the United Fucking States of Even Fucking Stupider. Yesterday’s article linking Aaron Schlossberg’s racist rant to the Ol’ Pussy Grabber’s description of undocumented immigrants as animals was my latest attempt to map the behaviors of fascism onto the administration, the government, and our country.

This article on Vox covers some of the same ground, but emphasizes the danger of using dehumanizing language to describe a group of people. Widespread use of dehumanizing language presages horrific acts of violent abuse and even genocide against the group. That we have so many citizens out there just ranting and raving about the presences of non-whites among us, people calling the police for non-whites…

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