Dehumanization and Violence

Who is considered a valued part of the community, and who is considered expendable? Answering these questions requires examining the hate frame.

Hate violence is symbolic: It declares the superiority of one group of people over another. Those targeted are symbolically presented as psychically or physically disposable; the violence is a ritual of degradation.

Hate violence is society’s visible eruption of long-standing practices of injustice that are expressed in a multitude of ordinary ways. Transformative change can only occur by first understanding how hate violence is inextricably bound to broader social and political systems.

via Imagining Social Justice as a Communal Process.

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