I’m saying that everyone who proudly wears the red hat identifies with an ideology of white supremacy and misogyny. Everyone who proudly wears those hats gives a tacit endorsement for the hatred and the violence we’ve seen these past few years.
When the Unite the Right chanted “Jews will not replace us,” the Red Hats were there.
When young children were being torn from their families at the border and forced to represent themselves in immigration court, the Red Hats were there.
When Muslims were banned from coming to live in this country, the Red Hats were there.
When there was a white lives matter rally, the Red Hats were there.
When black protestors were assaulted at a Trump rally, the Red Hats were there.
When the Proud Boys teamed up with Neo Nazis, the Red Hats were there.
When a terrorist mailed pipe bombs to prominent political leaders and activists, many of whom were Jewish, the Red Hats were there.
And when a boys school sent a group of students to protest against a women’s right to bodily autonomy, the Red Hats were there.
This isn’t like wearing the hat of a sports team you love. These hats symbolize hate. They signal to others an embrace of policies of discrimination, oppression and exclusion.
Alyssa Milano on identification.