Monday, August 14, 2017

The New Symbols of Hate


The events that happened in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend, when a group of white nationalists and other far-right groups staged a "Unite the Right" rally that degenerated into violence and murder, should shock and dismay everyone who believes in the traditional idea of America as a welcoming and inclusive nation*. And the sad fact that Donald Trump delivered such a weaselly commentary on the situation underscores the utter lack of moral leadership we have at the top of our government.

As you know, I'm interested in language and symbology, and I found this CNN article to be particularly interesting: These Are the New Symbols of Hate. I won't reproduce any of those symbols here, because they don't deserve any more attention; I'll just point out that they are intended to replace the most historically objectionable symbols, such as the Nazi swastika and the "blood drop cross" of the KKK, and help far-right characters identify each other in the murky darkness of their ideas.

As it happens, I have a few suggestions for symbols they could use.

This one seems appropriate ...


As is this one, for those who also consider information with which they don't agree to be "fake news" ...


As for me, I think the right symbol for America is the one we all should honor - 


Have a good day. Don't let the haters win.

More thoughts tomorrow.

Bilbo

* Yes, I know we've not always lived up to that ideal, but we've managed to build a pretty good place in spite of underlying racist ideas and spasms of things like "No Irish need apply."

7 comments:

Mike said...

trump is a weasel. I agree.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Haters gonna hate - Taylor Swift, "Shake It Up"

New symbols of hate will come up when the needs are manufactured.

Kristen Drittsekkdatter said...

It's hard for those symbols to intimidate if they're not identifiable.

Elvis Wearing a Bra on His Head said...

Most politicians are weasels. Trump is just a big one.

Mariette said...

There is too much hate going on.

Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer said...

Creepy. I saw †he dice one today.

koi seo said...

New symbols of hate will come up when the needs are manufactured.


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