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Are We Using More Dehumanizing Language?

Roseanne Barr’s recent tweet calling former White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett the child of an ape is just the latest example of so-called dehumanizing language.

President Trump has been criticized for comparing some immigrants to animals, and the president himself was portrayed as a pig on the cover of New York magazine. This has some people concerned about the state of communication and whether dehumanizing language is being used aggressively as a way to insult others and reduce their value.

To talk about it, The Show was joined by Allison Skinner. She’s a post-doctoral scholar at Northwestern University and wrote about the topic recently at TheConversation.com.

Steve Goldstein was a host at KJZZ from 1997 to 2022.