“The Best Way to Stop Normalizing Hate Crimes Is to Talk More About the People Who Act as Allies” Aradhna Krishna, Quartz, 12 December 2016

“This hostile climate has prompted social justice advocates to warn of the dangers of normalizing attitudes driving racism, xenophobia, homophobia and misogyny, making it the stuff of the everyday”

The consequences of the election of the new President’s threats against the marginalized communities are real. “At the University of Michigan, where I teach, a man threatened a female student wearing a hijab, saying he would set her on fire if she did not take it off.” Critics of Donald Trump claim his campaign approves actions like the one mentioned earlier. A sign of this is Trump´s choice for chief strategist. Stephen Bannon has white nationalist views. Another sign could be the election of Kris Kobach as his immigration adviser. Kobach has already demanded a Muslim registry. “This hostile climate has prompted social justice advocates to warn of the dangers of normalizing attitudes driving racism, xenophobia, homophobia and misogyny, making it the stuff of the everyday.  It’s a reasonable concern: Psychological research shows that social norms are troublingly easy to shift”. Since we were children we have tended to follow social norms. For example, if popular people invited the whole class to their birthday, then the rest would do the same in order to follow the social norm. Chris Crandall and Mark White, social psychologists, made a survey in which 200 Hillary supporters and 200 Trump supporters were asked about their feelings towards Muslims, fat people, people with disabilities… The study found that discriminatory speeches were more accepted after the election in both groups. But media plays a big role changing the social norms. For example when Trump made racists or xenophobes comments, they were broadcast in traditional and social media. So this repetition amplified the effect of his comments. Media wants to cover hate crimes and its right doing that. But if we hide that type of things, we could arrive to the point of accepting them.   

 

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“The Best Way to Stop Normalizing Hate Crimes Is to Talk More About the People Who Act as Allies” Aradhna Krishna, Quartz, 12 December 2016

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