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Unpacking the Myths Fueling the Right's Transphobia / Alex Hinton

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The fantasy of eliminating eradicating the trans community is out there…Using genocidal language about a group is usually something that's outside the boundaries of acceptable speech…What’s happened is what should be unacceptable speech at CPAC was turned into somewhat acceptable speech. The danger is that this continues and it becomes, like white replacement theory now, something that's sort of an everyday okay thing to talk about. It's very dangerous. Just to have that idea out there creates the possibility that it could happen, that possibility would require a lot of different steps. But how many people would've ever predicted the capital insurrection?

Distinguished anthropologist Alex Hinton joins Chuck to discuss his Sapiens article, "Two Myths Fueling the Conservative Right's Dangerous Transphobia." The discussion includes Alex's insights from the most recent CPAC.

Alex is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University, Director of the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights, and UNESCO Chair on Genocide Prevention.


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Alex Hinton

Alex Hinton is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Director of the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights, UNESCO Chair on Genocide Prevention. He is the author or editor of seventeen books, including ExternalWhy did they Kill? Cambodia in the Shadow of Genocide (California, 2005). His most recent books are ExternalIt Can Happen Here: White Power and the Rising Threat of Genocide in the US (NYU, 2021), ExternalAnthropological Witness: Lessons from the Khmer Rouge Tribunal (Cornell, 2022), and ExternalPerpetrators: Encountering Humanity's Dark Side (Stanford, 2023).

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