I was watching MSNBC, The Rachel Maddow Show.
She was doing a segment on the, hospital crisis, re-emerging in America, because of the Covid Delta variant virus, particularly in Southern states.
In a video, a crowd had gathered around a doctor’s car in Tennessee, threating him, because the school board voted for a, mask mandate.
It immediately brought back images, of scenes during the civil rights movement during the 1960’s.
The vitriol, the enraged faces of hate, on each face, was frighteningly similar. Google any image from that period to compare.
It was then that I realized, it was HATE that motivates these people, and the issue is secondary.
Be it mask mandates, vaccines today, or racism and xenophobia or homosexuality in the past, it’s hate that fuels the rage.
View images of people at legitimate protest. The faces are determined, angry and demanding.
But rarely will one see the snarling, teeth wrenching, macabre faces that only hate can generate.
Many people have legitimate concerns, regarding vaccines and mask, but it is the hate fueled people that concern me.
Because fear and hate are nearly identical emotions, these people can be lead easily to violence.
It has always been a tool of authoritarianism, too create an army of “haters” to do their bidding.
Be it Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, or Idi Amin, or today Donald Trump, they use the haters to seek out and punish the “Others”.