I have learned that political violence occurs in many different ways and under many different circumstances. I have learned that one of the first steps in completing political violence is by dehumanizing others. We create an “Us v. Them” mentality in order to create groups of people. We think of ourselves as heroes and others as enemies and even as inhuman. By believing they are less than humans, it makes it easier to harm others. We no longer see them as equals and we do not see our actions as being unethical.
Atkins, Haley, "Final Project Materials" (2015). Political Violence. Paper 2.