Dehumanization happens when one group, seeking power and status, defines another as not being fully human and therefore undeserving of rights, voice, and respect. Dehumanization tactics, often under the guise of humor, include degrading an individual as well as their social group by associating them with what is seen as an unworthy animal. White supremacist items depict Obama as a monkey, a stereotype historically used to justify slavery. Sexist imagery identifies women as “meat” and shows them as consumable farmed animals. Donald Trump is depicted as a pig, though this aspersion does not extend to white men whose elevated group status ensures they are seen as individuals. Dehumanization depends upon the false beliefs that humans are superior to other animals and that some humans are superior to other humans.


The Divided States of America
Cards and Canards
Who Is "America"? Whose "America" Is It?
Racism & Xenophobia
Immigrant Detentions and Contentions
Man Up
MeToo Movements
Misogyny and Misogynoir
Threats of Harm & Electoral Violence
Bullying, Shaming, and Lying
Pandemic Politics
Unmasked Meanings
God on Our Side
Gun Battles
Black Lives Matter
Pop Archetypes
Fake News, Troll Tidings
Disinformation and Conspiracy "Theories"
Talking Back to the Cap
Making and Remaking America
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Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
Florida Atlantic University

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