One must acknowledge that the normalization of the right-wing media’s hortatory use of propaganda and its fever dreams about the good old days has led its viewers to grow comfortable with their own indifference to the Country’s subjugation — and even murder — of black people.

And more recently, what was indifference is now tacit, and sometimes quite throaty, approval.


  1. Giving exhortation or advise; encouraging; exhortatory; inciting; as, a hortatory speech.


  1. Exhortation or advice; incitement; encouragement.
  2. That which exhorts, incites, or encourages.


encouraging, exhortatory, inciting, protreptic


  • /ˈhɔɹtətɔɹi/
  • /ˈhɔːtətəɹi/


From Middle French hortatoire, from Latin hortor (“encourage”).

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“Hortatory.” The Effin’ Word, The Effin’ Word, Accessed 29 May 2023.

The Effin’ Word, s.v. “hortatory”, accessed May 29, 2023,

The Effin’ Word. (n.d.). Hortatory. In The Effin’ Word. Retrieved May 29, 2023, from

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