Hate Unleashed

America's Cataclysmic Change

by Edward Dunbar


After the 2016 election, economic disparities and the history of a century of black lynching were found to predict voting patterns for Donald Trump and the alt-right agenda.

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December 2017


Pages 252
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Current Events and Issues/Society
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This book investigates the psychological factors that led to the election of Donald Trump and the accompanying escalation of hate violence and intolerance in the United States. It also spells out the challenge for Americans living in a time of political conservatism and unbridled hostility towards minorities, immigrants, and socially progressive individuals—and what democratic-minded people can do to take action.

After the U.S. presidential election in November of 2016, it became clear that hostility, intolerance, and violence targeting minorities, immigrants, and socially progressive individuals was more prevalent in the United States than many thought—and that these hateful sentiments had played a significant role in the election of Donald Trump. What are the reasons for this cataclysmic shift in the U.S.? Have these feelings been entrenched and rampant but under the surface for decades? We are now witnessing the consequences of a different kind of "freedom of expression"— one that is challenging our notions of living in a multicultural and internationally-focused society.

Hate Unleashed: America's Cataclysmic Change looks at the process by which America moved away from a progressive democratic model of governance in response to themes of economic and cultural vulnerability. Drawing on the notions of authoritarianism and ultranationalism—as well as insights from polling research and the advent of fake news—Hate Unleashed portrays how American politics became a battleground about culture and diversity. Author Edward Dunbar exposes how xenophobia, the synthesis of hate speech into political rhetoric, and appeals to a nationalism of nostalgia are linked to the escalation in hate activity after the November 2016 election. In his examination of election results, hate crime activity, and the history of black lynching, Dunbar places the Trump victory as the latest battle in the unending civil war of the United States.


  • Presents and examines presidential polling data and the discernible relationship to hate crime incidence data
  • Looks at data on victims of post-election 2016 hate incidents
  • Identifies the patterns in and correlations between historical violence, political differences, and voting patterns
  • Shows how demographic information regarding economics and poverty could have strongly predicted the 2016 election outcome
Author Info

Edward Dunbar, EdD, is clinical professor in the Department of Psychology at University of California, Los Angeles. He is a practicing psychologist whose clinical work addresses the issues of the treatment of workplace harassment, crime victimization, psychological trauma, and violence risk assessment. Dunbar currently consults with the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles Unified School District, and the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center in the areas of hate crime offender evaluation and violence prevention in the schools. He has developed conferences and professional development programs in the area of multicultural education at Teachers College, Columbia University, the Veterans Administration, and the University of California, Los Angeles, and has received the American Psychological Association Distinguished Professional Contribution to Public Service Award and the California State Psychological Association Distinguished Humanitarian Contribution Award. Dunbar's commentaries have been featured in The Los Angeles Times, The American Psychological Association Monitor, The Washington Post, The Prejudice Institute Newsletter, ABC Nightline, Channel Four (UK), Vermont Public Television, NPR, and local television and radio news programs. His publications address the clinical evaluation of racism, victimology, and intergroup relations. Dunbar received his doctorate in counseling psychology from Columbia University and holds professional certificates from Georgetown University in cross-cultural training and Harvard University in adult education. He completed his undergraduate study in education and behavioral sciences at Chaminade University of Honolulu, where he graduated with honors.



"[The book's] analysis of the violent trend that both culminated in the election of Donald Trump and that was amplified by it is thought-provoking and insightful, but the inclusion of a section on how to deal with the psychological ramifications of the increase in hate crimes is particularly valuable."Washington Press


2019 IPPY Award Bronze Medal in Social Issues/Humanitarian category — Independent Book Publishers Association

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