We Must Break the Chain Reaction of Hate

Art Chang
4 min readJan 18, 2021

This story was first published on the Art Chang for NYC Mayor website.

1977 Report Detailing Gross Misconduct in Handling of FBI’s Surveillance of Dr. King

“Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction … The chain reaction of evil — hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars — must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.”

— Martin Luther King, Jr. in Strength to Love (1963)

“White supremacists are using online platforms for hate. It’s time to change the terms.”

Change the Terms Coalition

At my last job, using social media, even personal social media, to spread hate would have resulted in disciplinary action, including dismissal. Shouldn’t government employees be held to a similar standard? And shouldn’t government employees who carry weapons and a license to kill be held to an even higher standard?

“The petitioner may have a constitutional right to talk politics, but he has no constitutional right to be a policeman.”



Art Chang

Fighting for Equity. Columbia Professor. Board Chair of CACF.org. Former 2021 Candidate for NYC Mayor. NYC Votes, Casebook, Queens West