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Elad Nehorai @PopChassid
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People hate being called racist, antisemitic, Islamophobic, homophobic, xenophobic etc. Not just because they’re afraid of being labeled that way, but because they truly don’t want to think they are.

That means they’ll do anything to hide those feelings from themselves.
This is why our discourse around hate is so confused.

We think people *must* be consciously aware of their racism *and* open about it to be racist.
But most people are neither. Not just that, they’re horrified that they might be, especially since there’s probably a part of them whispering that they might be.

Most people who defended things like segregation and who support the Muslim ban refused to believe they were racist.
This is why we need to take coded language more seriously. Because we don’t know how many people may actually be lying to *themselves.*

That’s a big part of how radicals like white nationalists recruit. They start with coded language and suck people into being self-aware bigots.
I also say this partly because of the very important debate around Israel and antisemitism.

People seem to be in absolute denial that being anti-Israel can correspond with an antisemitism. The problem is partly imo that they see good intentions in such people.
And since it’s possible to say basically any antisemitic trope about Israel, like that they control America’s government etc, it’s a code language that’s particularly problematic.
This is the problem: they are *sure* they aren’t antisemitic. They have Jewish friends who feel the same way! Just like many racists who can find blacks who parrot some of their coded talking points (black on black crime etc).
But the tropes. They come from somewhere.

The level of fear relative to other nations. It comes from something.

The level of hate. It has a history.
I don’t mean to make this the only focus, but anti-Israel language as code for something deeper that folks themselves may not be aware of is a perfect example of people being so afraid of being called hateful that they will do anything to find acceptable methods of expression.
My point is really that we’ve found ourselves totally unequipped to truly grapple with how hatred and fear of big groups is felt and expressed.
We want to believe such people are seething with overt hate. That even if they’re using coded language they are smart enough to know that’s what they’re doing.

We have trouble accepting that people are desperate to believe they’re good and most know hating a whole group is wrong
“One can assume, therefore, that many people who would perish rather than admit to antisemitic feelings are secretly prone to them...”

This quote is from 1945. It is from Orwell. It is about the British.

Today we have people in Britain who may be described the same way.
“But all of the resistance to integration is not the rear guard action of professional bigots. There are some who sincerely feel that what they do in attempting to preserve segregation is best for themselves, their children, and their nation.”

Martin Luther King Jr.
Imagine that quote applied to those who are pushing today’s forms of white supremacy. Imagine if we understood this more deeply.
If we were able to see past the lies people tell themselves (And this IS possible, despite that normally knowing a person’s intentions is impossible. The evidence here exists on a vast scale), we’d be far more equipped to fight bigotry.
We’d be able to understand that while they may be good people, their demand to refuse to see themselves as bad has actually empowered their inner evil.

We’d be able to call it out in less hateful ways.

We’d be able to simply acknowledge its *there*, which is half the battle.
I hope we can do this more on a societal level.

Until then, we’ll continue to allow hate to boil beneath the surface and for minorities to be targeted and vulnerable populations to have their children ripped from their arms.

We can’t afford to accept illusions as facts anymore.
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