What Do You Think of When You Think of Hate?

 

 

1. Hate is learned.

I’ve never considered myself a racist or sexist, but I’m sad to think of the times when I haven’t called out or stood up or laughed too loud or made the seemingly harmless comment. It is not harmless at all.

 

2. Hate is non-recognition of the “other”.

It’s judging another or assuming realities based on generalized characteristics or group identity— whether perceived or real—without considering that human being’s individual perspectives and experiences.

 

 

3. Hate is rooted in systems of inequality.

In our society, there are specific policies, practices, and institutions that produce and reproduce the conditions for hate.