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Alex Theodoridis Writes on the Bipartisan Effects of Dehumanizing Language at January Riot

Alexander Theodoridis, Associate Professor of Political Science at UMass Amherst, with co-authors, writes that the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol Building underscores the bipartisan effect of dehumanizing language.  They say, “Dehumanization is more than just disagreement or incivility, it is the express denial of humanity (for example, calling Kamala Harris a ‘monster’ or using the term ‘DemoRATS’) and is associated with a host of consequences, including acceptance of violence against its targets.” They cite an Oct. 2020 UMass Poll that found that 85 percent of partisans rated those in their party as “more evolved” than those in the opposing party.  (NBC News, 1/17/21; WWLP, 1/19/20)

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