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An Acceptable Hatred

Over lunch last week, a friend told me about a bumper sticker he had just seen: "F*ck Trump and f*ck you for voting for him." (There were no asterisks in the original). I imagine the owner of the car will face as much censure as Robert DeNiro did for repeating the first part of the bumper sticker, verbatim, at the Tony Awards recently.

In related news, the New York Times is defending its decision to add to its editorial board a journalist who had repeatedly expressed crude anti-white sentiments on Twitter, even though it is widely acknowledged that, had her tweets been about any other group, her career would be over.

In other words, for large swaths of elite opinion, it is now perfectly acceptable to hate people who think like me or look like me. And the people who approve of this hatred also claim for themselves the mantle of righteousness and moral superiority. Astonishing.

Tom Piatak

Tom Piatak

Thomas Piatak is a contributing editor to Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture. He writes from Cleveland, Ohio.

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