Letters to the Editor

Dehumanization

    Dehumanization has a natural progression. It starts by defining a whole race or ethnicity by its worst members, say Muslims or sex offenders. It moves on to enforce generally applicable laws and rules that especially hurt a targeted group. Then, as the public at large becomes desensitized by governent-sponsored declarations of doom and gloom, the group can be singled out for hatred and harm. Thus begins the descent, step by step, into a moral abyss.