Author Walter Mosley has published an eloquent piece on CNN.com in which he examines the “poetry of hate” in our political discourse. He illustrates how language is used to create fear and hatred, and to divide rather than to unite, in the interest of securing political power. Although it is hard to choose a favorite passage in this compelling essay, this one resonates:
We — Americans of every stripe, gender and race — are brothers and sisters in that great and ever-changing experiment of democracy. We are not enemies. If someone has a better plan he or she should ascend to our presidency. If they have lied we should know it. If they are corrupt it must come out. But we cannot allow our emotions to be ignited by hidden messages of fear and hatred. This election is about us working together to implement our brightest potentials, not our basest natures.