August 14, 2018

HUMAN? THEY'RE MINORITIES, AREN'T THEY?:

Donald Trump and the disturbing power of dehumanizing language: Dehumanization is already prevalent in America. We don't need anyone -- especially Trump -- stoking it further. (Brian Resnick,  Aug 14, 2018, Vox)

As a president, Donald Trump can be erratic. But there's at least one area where he's consistent: using demeaning and dehumanizing language, especially when he's talking about refugees, immigrants, and his critics.

Here's the most recent example. On Tuesday, he tweeted this apparent attack against former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault-Newman, calling her a "dog."

Trump has been railing against the former Apprentice contestant for the past few days, calling her "wacky," "vicious," and "not smart," in retaliation for her tell-all book about her time in the White House.

All these attacks -- on a woman of color, in particular -- are concerning. But it's important to focus on Trump's propensity to compare those he does not like to animals, or inferior beings.

History and psychological science show us that when we refer to people as "animals" or anything other than "people," it can flip a mental switch in our minds. It may increase our anger and disgust toward them.

Posted by at August 14, 2018 4:35 AM

  

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