UNMAKE THE HATE

A non-commerical project of free political expression and resistance against hate and violence.


From his campaign rallies, defense of white supremacists and attacks on athletes protesting racism to his attacks on the media, the LGBT community, Muslims, and Mexicans, President Donald Trump is infamous for inciting hate and violence. Many of Trump's followers send threatening and hateful messages, even death threats, to those opposing him.


But what if we can flip this hate on its head? What if we can unmakes the hate?


We Can.


The text within such hateful messages can often times be re-written to form positive statements of hope, love, equality, and peace. By rearranging selected letters of these violent and hateful messages, we can turn them into tools of positive and peaceful resistance against Donald Trump and those among his followers who endorse bigotry, sexism, homophobia, hate, and violence. Together we can unmake the hate.


Below are examples of some of the hateful messages I've received, showing how such messages can be turned into positive messages of resistance. As a non-commercial project defending free political expression and resisting hate and violence, others are welcome to share similar bigoted and hateful messages they've transformed into positive statements on this page with others as they come in. Guidelines can be found below.


*Note: Identities have been redacted so as protect individual privacy and to not reward people with exposure for their hateful and threatening messages.


 

**WARNING: Some of the language quoted below is explicit, offensive, violent, and may be inappropriate for some readers. Reader discretion is advised.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trump's support for white supremacists and neo-Nazis at Charlottesville, blaming "both sides," sends dangerous messages that we must do everything we can to resist. On Charlottesville, Trump said,


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On August 24, Trump made the headlines again with another round of inflammatory remarks, calling for athletes to be fired for opposing racism. On Twitter, Trump said,


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

President Trump encouraged those at one of his campaign rallies to physically attack protesters. Trump said,


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

President Trump has repeatedly insutled and threatened North Korea. If only he'd said something more presidential.


 

 

 

 

 

 

President Trump continued his attacks on those opposing bigotry. On September 26, 2017, Trump said,


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On September 26, 2017, Trump also said,


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I believe that love can conquer hate; therefore, in combination with re-written messages of positivity like those seen above, I created the #UnmakeTheHate hashtag. The hashtag creates a space for others to discuss their views and experiences and to share positive messages of resistance against hate, violence, and bigotry. Together, we can flip the bigotry and hate shown by Trump and many of his followers on its head.


You can help spread the word about #UmakeTheHate by using the #UnmakeTheHate hashtag on social media. You can also join the discussion about #UnmakeTheHate on Twitter by searching for the #UnmakeTheHate hashtag and by following @UnmakeTheHate on Twitter. You can also share this page with others using the website address found in your browswer or with the custom shortened website address, http://bit.ly/unmakethehate (Note: This custom address must be in all lowercase letters to work correctly).


 

How to Submit Re-Written Messages for UnmakeTheHate

Others are welcome to submit public comments made by Donald Trump or by his supporters and those endorsing hate and violence for inclusion on the UnmakeTheHate page. To do so, please follow the instructions below:


1. Ensure the original comments you'd like to use are publicly available. Only comments that have been made publicly available and which can be verified online can be included on UnmakeTheHate. This includes published comments such as those available to the public on Twitter or which have been published in online news sites.


2. Once you have an original message you'd like to use, select letters within the message and transform them into a new, positive message. Note that you do not need to use all letters from the original, but you cannot add letters, numbers, or symbols not found in the original. To aid with verifying letters from the original have been used in the new message you would like to submit, please copy the original message in all lowercase letters while capitalizing those used in your new message. Please also do not submit re-written messages that are demeaning, defamatory, libelous, or offensive as these will not be used.


Here is an example of how to use lower and upper case letters to show the original message with the letters used from the original in your new message:



3. When you're ready, submit your re-written positive messages using the form below. You will need the url or website address of the original, publicly available message for verification. Messages without original website addresses will not be used.


Note: All messages selected for use will be de-identified. For example, original messages will have user names, profile pictures, etc., removed, cropped, or redacted. Also note that your name and personal information will not be shared on UnmakeTheHate.