What’s wrong with a minuscule of malice, a dash of detestation, or a small helping of hatred?
Well, a lot.
But, according to journalist and activist KM Patten, hatred can also have benefits. In the age of social media, everyone has the opportunity to express their own favorite flavor of hate. The question before us, then, is how best to channel that most primitive of emotions to bring about positive change.
Originally published in 2019, Patten’s essay is a response to CB Robertson’s book In Defense of Hatred and uses Robertson’s arguments as a springboard to discuss a variety of topics including religion, war, intersectionality and “systems of power.”