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"These are animals": The Risks of Dehumanizing Language

In a roundtable discussion with local California politicians and law enforcement officials opposed to the state's sanctuary city policies, President Trump referred to some immigrants as "animals." It was not immediately clear who the president was characterizing with these remarks. After the incident, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders clarified that the president had been, all along, referring only to the criminal gang MS-13. The Takeaway looks at these remarks in the broader context of dehumanizing language being used by politicians to marginalized communities. Plus, we look at allegations that now-defunct political research firm Cambridge Analytica tried to suppress the African-American vote; the financial barriers to running for public office; the upcoming royal wedding which will welcome the first acknowledged mixed-race royal into the family; the latest movies to catch (or skip) at the box office this weekend; and a new T.V. show on Starz that features unflinching portrayals of Latinx culture and queer intimacy.

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"These are animals": The Risks of Dehumanizing Language