The link between identity politics and hatred

Nathanael Blake explains in a Federalist column why those who purport to lead the fight against hate often exhibit the most vehement displays of hatred.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that haters gonna hate. Ironically, self-appointed campaigners against hate are often especially hateful, as several recent articles in the Washington Post illustrate.

First, there was “Why can’t we hate men?” by professor Suzanna Walters. Then there was “I no longer have hope in white America” by the Post’s own Karen Attiah. Finally, there was “Pride Month is over. Welcome to LGBTQ Wrath Month” by university instructor Anthony Oliveira.

These are real articles. They were published in one of our nation’s preeminent newspapers. The titles are not efforts at overhyped clickbait. Walters really asked, “in this moment, here in the land of legislatively legitimated toxic masculinity, is it really so illogical to hate men?” Oliveira really wrote that, “Wrath Month is a chance to remember that before our symbol was a rainbow, it was a hurled brick.” Love wins—with a brick through a window or to a face.

Why is this hatred accepted and even celebrated in our most prestigious institutions, from the media to the academy? Hatred is a persistent presence in the human heart, but the identity politics and intersectional ideology the Left espouses legitimizes and exacerbates hate.

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...

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