Symbols of hate
Multiple sources report that Jussie Smollett, star of “Empire”, was attacked in Chicago in what police describe as a “possible (sic) hate crime”(emphasis mine):
Jussie Smollett, one of the stars of the Fox television show “Empire,” was attacked in Chicago early Tuesday morning by two people who yelled racial and homophobic slurs and wrapped a rope around his neck, according to the police, who said they were investigating the incident as “a possible hate crime.”
Smollett, who is black and publicly came out as gay in 2015, was walking on a downtown street when two people approached him and yelled the slurs, according to a statement from the Chicago Police Department. The attackers then began hitting Smollett in the face and poured an “unknown chemical substance” on him.
In a follow-up interview later in the morning, The Sun-Times reported, Smollett told the police that the attackers yelled “this is MAGA country,” a reference to President Trump’s campaign slogan.
Let’s run the instant replay on that last quote:
the attackers yelled “this is MAGA country”
This exemplifies why we must not let the hate-speech of Donald Trump, Trumpists, and those who support and enable the toxins that this hat symbolizes to go unchallenged. This is why we must not be squeamish about calling out this hate.
The MAGA hat is not even a dog-whistle any more — it is an outright racist epithet. The bigotry and hate that the MAGA hat symbolizes is the same whether its targets are Hispanic, Latino, Black, Gay, or all of the above. The result is racist mobs and roving bands of racist thugs who kill and maim whatever scapegoat catches their attention.
We must call out our mainstream media who dutifully report without comment the explicitly bigoted hate-speech from the Oval Office. We must call out news headlines that cite the irrelevant immigration status of alleged perpetrators of violent crime.
We must exorcise these bigoted racist thugs from our government and our courts. We must eradicate this cancer that is still spreading among the US body politic. We must make the public display of a MAGA hat as repellent as a Swastika (I elided the Swastika from my thread-starter in deference to Godwin’s Law).
The MAGA hat is a potent symbol of hate. We must treat it as such.