Anti-immigrant hysteria has engulfed this nation, fueled in large part by the president's open hostility to and antipathy for immigrants.
What can be done to fight such hysteria?
The key is learn about and to stop their dehumanization. Here's how.
Dehumanization is the process of viewing and treating members of a social group as less than human, as subhuman. Once a group has been dehumanized, it becomes too easy to inflict upon them the worst atrocities and abuses.
In fact, once a group has been thoroughly dehumanized, abuse is virtually inevitable.
Undocumented immigrants have been subject to gross dehumanization, esp. in the past several years. How? Largely through dehumanizing language and images.
There's nothing wrong with us expressing our opinions on politics. But, I suggest we focus more on empirical analysis so that we can bolster our positions and arguments on policy matters.
So, if a trump fan says immigrants take away jobs from Americans, we can respond by labeling the argument as racist or dumbfounded. Or, we can rebut the argument with empirical evidence that their assumption is wrong.
Some things in the first year were fun: meeting like-minded people, the #scifi characters, learning how to take effective action. Celebrating #victories like beating the #ACA repeal bills.
A lot of it wasn't fun - the threats of nuclear war, the daily stress of bad news. 2
Follow parties were fun, and a good way to promote a message and raise awareness, connect with other resistors and grow our followings. They had themes and served a purpose and there was about about one a month. 3 #PartyWithAPurpose#trending#amplify#effective