January 27, 2019

THEY'RE SHORTHAND:

You're Known by the Hat You Wear (Cynthia Tucker, 1/24/19, Uexpress)

Symbols are powerful, conveying profound messages with the simplest images.

Soldiers carry a flag into battle and face death to hoist it aloft. Christian churches are identified by T-shaped pieces of wood or metal affixed to prominent places. In some ancient Eastern religions, the swastika represented peace, but it is today universally recognized as a sign of racism and anti-Semitism, violent repression and genocide. Each of those symbols carries a deep meaning recognized by those who display it.

During his 2016 campaign, President Donald Trump launched his own symbol -- a baseball cap with the words "Make America Great Again" emblazoned on it. Because of the incendiary rhetoric he spewed during his rallies, the MAGA cap quickly became associated with a bundle of prejudices -- xenophobia, racism, sexism, Islamophobia. If you wear the cap, you aren't just a fan of Trump; you're also a bigot who wants to build a wall on the southern border.

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