verb verb: hate; 3rd person present: hates; past tense: hated; past participle: hated; gerund or present participle: hating
feel intense or passionate dislike for (someone). "the boys hate each other" Similar: loathe, detest, dislike greatly, abhor, abominate, despise, execrate, feel aversion toward, feel revulsion toward, feel hostile toward, be repelled by, be revolted by, regard with disgust, not be able to bear/stand, be unable to stomach, find intolerable, shudder at, recoil from, shrink from, hate someone's guts, disrelish Opposite: love, like
have a strong aversion to (something). "he hates flying"
used politely to express one's regret or embarrassment at doing something. "I hate to bother you" Similar: be sorry, be reluctant, be loath, be unwilling, be disinclined, regret, dislike, not like, hesitate
INFORMAL express strong dislike for; criticize or abuse. "I can't hate on them for trying something new"
noun noun: hate
intense or passionate dislike. "feelings of hate and revenge"
denoting hostile actions motivated by intense dislike or prejudice. modifier noun: hate "a hate campaign"
Definition from: Oxford Languages
What a hardcore word.
Don't you agree?
Some people say that since hate is learned, it can be unlearned.
But I don't know about the "unlearn" part:
walking is learned.
Can you willingly unlearn that?
That knowledge is inculcated right down to your sinews:
Without major, involuntary trauma, there's no way to get rid of such a habit.
Get my drift?
In case you didn't, my point is that:
It's the same with hate.
Hate is so ingrained that it's a part of homeostasis for folks at this point.
Hate is how you raise a White teen (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIesDXbfFFI) to conflate respect for law enforcement as morality. Hate is how he thought (and still thinks) that property is more valuable than life. Hate is how he ends up thinking that it's ok for him to have an adult get him a lethal weapon to defend that belief. Hate is how that same teen can feel provoked enough to then travel to another state with that gun to a Black Lives Matter protest. Hate is how he can stop to chat with police (his fellow Whites) when he got there and tell them exactly what he's going to do (https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2020/08/29/fact-check-video-police-thanked-kyle-rittenhouse-gave-him-water/5661804002/).
Hate is how those policer officers didn't stop him.
Hate is this wannabe-cop murdering two people that night. Hate is the police not immediately apprehending him. Hate is choosing an abrasive, biased, conservative hardliner to be the judge in his case (https://www.politico.com/news/2021/11/16/judge-schroeder-kyle-rittenhouse-trial-522772 & https://www.forbes.com/sites/joewalsh/2021/11/17/judge-defends-rittenhouse-raffle-says-race-related-incident-behind-unusual-juror-selection-method/?sh=1ea919231d0a). Hate is somehow making this murder case about self-defense, and nothing else.
Hate is banking on white solidarity by choosing an all-White jury (yes, this includes the token pErSoN oF cOlOr). Hate is banking on the power of conflating white tears with remorse during the court case. Hate is acquitting this now 18-year old race-warrior (https://time.com/6120607/kyle-rittenhouse-self-defense/). Hate is using the law to rationalize the absurdity of his acquittal on all counts (https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/19/us/legal-experts-what-helped-rittenhouse-acquittal/index.html).
Hate is two republican Congressmen offering this real-life Batman internships in government to make sure that this vigilante has a bright future (https://thehill.com/homenews/house/582404-madison-cawthorn-offers-rittenhouse-an-internship). Hate is this teen terrorist going on tv to deny that he's racist after it all (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2JnCYU7KgY).
Hate is White people knowing that had Kyle Rittenhouse been Black, they wouldn't have let him away with it (https://www.vox.com/2021/11/23/22797722/kyle-rittenhouse-tucker-carlson-kenosha-jacob-blake).
Hate is all that: personal, interpersonal, structural, and dynamic.
Yet some social justice folks have the nerve to talk as if unlearning is probable?
Is it because they believe that "where there's a will, there's a way"???
If so, that's hilarious, because on certain things (such as human rights), if there isn't at least a consensus of the majority to share a will, then there isn't a way.
In addition to that, I don't think that most of the people who talk about unlearning truly willing to be that involuntary trauma for those who are empowered by hate.
You know why?
Because they always seem to forget how complex (and profitable) hate is.
Look at the definition above.
How many neurons would have to be built to take unlearning on? And how much blood, (symbolic or literal) would have to be spilled to make the unlearning "stick"?
Just ask yourself:
Could you consider hate "unlearned" without fair verdicts? Or at least without an opportunity for hate's victims to practice self-defense--UNDETERRED--for once (https://www.vox.com/2018/8/25/17778712/stand-your-ground-alabama-black-woman-guns) & https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/albertsamaha/marc-wilson-self-defense-case & https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/is-there-racial-bias-in-stand-your-ground-laws/)?
isn't just a feeling.
It isn't just how you talk or think either.
Is also what you do.
And what you refuse (while you have a choice) to undo.
It's the constructs around us.
It's the ways we're reminded that we've been denied self-determination.
So...the chances of uNlEaRnInG hAtE through voluntary willpower???
But I think consistent double-think is possible...
Especially considering the outcome of the Aubrey case, which was held simultaneously (elsewhere) with the Rittenhouse one.