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Old 01-19-2009
 
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Default The Psychological Basis for Racism

So right now I'm watching a show on Martin Luther King, Jr. on the History channel and they started out showing different images of segregation, share-cropping, the Ku Klux Klan, Rosa Parks being arrested, etc. Now, it's not like this is the first time I've seen any of this, but a thought popped into my head:

why? Why the hatred? Why the prejudice? Why the need for segregation?

What causes people from one racial group to hate another racial group? Is it just a part of the monkey brain that automatically kicks in when they encounter someone who looks different? Is it a social thing (we hate blacks because our ancestors hated blacks)?
 
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Could be a combination. On one hand it could be a learned behavior from parents or social upbringing. For example many Russians don't like Jews, they feel them to be tricksters always looking for money, and this is true in a lot of Eastern European countries too. I have a lot of Jewish friends and my wife and her friends had never really been around a Jew before, but had hung out with them just not knowing. The subject never came up until something about pork I think, and I was like "oh he doesn't eat pork hes Jewish." My wifes friend was like "He's Jewish?!?!"

Now keep in mind this girls an atheist Russian and had never been around Jews apparently, so all of her biases were learned. She had never been personally wronged by a Jew, but was just going off what she learned from others. She was surprised because she thought Jews only hang out with other Jews and keep to themselves like Gypsies or something, I dunno. Anyways I explained that its normal in America for different groups to interact with one another.

But then you have other cases where people have been personally wronged by members of a certain group and feel like exacting their revenge. What compounds this racism is when stereotypes often become true. For example "lazy black woman," "greedy Jewish man," "violent Muslims." To them it only confirms their biases and prejudices when they see more evidence to justify thier views. Like DaveTheRave for example he hates all Arabs and Muslims and advocates genocide and extermination of hundreds of millions of people. Why you ask? Because one Muslim friend he had as a kid disliked him once he found out he was Jewish. Thats how it started, and now you have a Jewish Hitler all because of one incident.
 
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1) To put the other group down
2) To make your own group feel better, and build up an inflated self-esteem, and self-concept.
 

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Generally, for most flavors of racism, there are specific reasons for the said beliefs.

Antisemitism is particularly interesting. Back in the day, The Vatican branded usury, the charging of interest on loaned monies, a sin. The Jewish Rabbinical doctrine, however, had no such prohibition, thus, they were the money lenders. Now, suppose you are a member of the landed gentry, and baron or some other such ruler of a small fiefdom. What would be easier: pay the interest, or claim you were 'tricked' by evil jews and persecute them?

As for racism against blacks, imagine you are a southern landowner, and you've just been told by the government that just won the civil war that all slaves must be freed and treated as free men. That affects your way of life. The anger over the change naturally became focused upon the freed slaves themselves.

Over time these reasons become lost, but the tradition of hatred is still there along with all the irrational beliefs such intense feelings cause.
 
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Because one Muslim friend he had as a kid disliked him once he found out he was Jewish. Thats how it started, and now you have a Jewish Hitler all because of one incident.
Hawaiian, please stop putting "twists" to the things I say. This is something I chose to say, because I wanted to prove a point that the muslim kid started it. Second of all, that is not how I bred hatred towards them. I bred hatred by hearing stories of how people I knew have gotten killed by those fuckers.
 
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Hawaiian, please stop putting "twists" to the things I say. This is something I chose to say, because I wanted to prove a point that the muslim kid started it. Second of all, that is not how I bred hatred towards them. I bred hatred by hearing stories of how people I knew have gotten killed by those fuckers.
Yes, because all Muslims are terrorists. Right?
 
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I believe racism exists because of the lack of knowledge and understanding of other races thus creating fear of the unknown.
 
 

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No, but Islam is an evil religion which breeds a disproportionate amount of hatred and barbarism.
 
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Is Christianity or Judaism an "evil religion?" Why or why not?
 
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Any other religion which depicts murder as an act for pleasing G-d is not evil. islam is evil. Judaism and Christianity are not. Catholicism is not.
 
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Anyone ever heard of how the loudest and most frequent screamers get the most attention? Thats sort of whats going on with the whole terrorist thing. The few extremists are managing to get the bulk of the attention and skew the perception of the larger picture.

As for the psychological basis of racism, it is a deep seated instinct that everyone one has. Its an instinctual fear of the unknown or something different from ourselves. If anyone claims they aren't at least somewhat racist then they are lying through their teeth.
 
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Off topic but the difference between Christianity and Islam, educate yourself. Muslims believe Jesus was a prophet and did not sin though they do not believe he was the Son of God or that he was crucified for our sins. Muslims do not believe that Jesus rose from the grave. Muslims believe that the Old and New Testament were from God but the Qur'an replaced the Holy Bible. If Muslims recognize The Old and New Testament as being from God then why does what the Qur'an states totally contradict what the Holy Bible says and what Christians believe? I don't know how in depth any of you have studied Islam but here is some information.

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The fact you think that Islam is evil is quite interesting. Why are they evil? Because of the terrorist attacks? So you judge an entire group of people based on the worst of the group?

So following that logic, all Asian people are evil because of what happened at V-Tech. All white people are evil because of what happened at Columbine. All Americans are evil because of the sniper attacks 5 or 6 years ago on the East coast.

Also, you can not say you follow Christianity or Catholicism and hate an entire religion. Go read the bible, specifically the New Testament. Jesus would be very upset that you are singling out Islam as evil. Love thy neighbor? That doesn't sound familiar at all.
 
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No, but Islam is an evil religion which breeds a disproportionate amount of hatred and barbarism.
There a plenty of Muslims throughout the world who seek only to raise their children and lead a decent life. The Dhalai Llama commanded a brutal regime in Tibet before his exile, does that mean Bhuddism is evil? Cardinal Ximenes of Spain was a Grand Inquisitor, and part of a Christian movement that slaughtered tens of thousands. Moses and Abraham were vicious military leaders.

Islam is going through exactly what Christianity went through 14 centuries after its inception: A dark age. Except they have guns, dirty bombs, and a globally aware world as a backdrop, rather than medieval Europe.
 
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