Magazine August 10, 2020, Issue

‘Hate,’ You Say?

Demonstrators kneel in protest while President Donald Trump’s motorcade passes, Washington, D.C., June 2, 2020. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
On the use and misuse of the word of the day

I  live in a neighborhood full of very nice high-income white progressives, which means that I get to take in a great deal of literal virtue-signaling when I go for a walk. It is, as the yard signs inform us pedestrians, “No Place for Hate.”

You have heard it before: “He must be banished — we are inclusive!”

Perhaps you have seen the signs in your own neighborhood: “In this house, we believe: Black Lives Matter, No Human Is Illegal, Love Is Love, Women’s Rights Are Human Rights, Science Is Real, Water Is Life, Injustice Anywhere Is a Threat To Justice Everywhere.” We

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