Over the last few years, a dialogue that reflects the politics of hate has plagued our culture. Many people use disrespectful, toxic political messages to target and devalue those with whom they disagree.
Sometimes, the senders attempt to disguise it as humor or say that it is simply political commentary. Sometimes, they make horrendous charges despite having no evidence.
In these circumstances, we need to recognize what this is — the simple politics of hate.
We must stop this hate — all of us — conservatives, liberals, every party, every race, every religion, every age. If you engage in this hate, stop, and if you hear others, don’t laugh, don’t embrace it, don’t support it.
Please do not remain silent, as many people interpret silence as agreement. Refuse to pass it on.
If good people do this, maybe we can have the meaningful political discussions we desperately need.
Ann Speck of Olathe is a graduate of Pittsburg State University, the University of North Colorado and Emporia State University. She taught in the Shawnee Mission School District from 1995 to 2009, when she retired.