What is it about some white men that leads them to the worst kind of hate: hating another human being for the way she or he was born? I do believe that if one could, by means of some super sleuth device that’s part time machine and part AI God, trace the origins of racism in white men in America, one would find they have been caught up in a matrix of naivety, ignorance and confusion that manifested a few hundred years ago, and has been a force that has lurked in the recesses of twisted minds since.
I have come to believe that racism in large part, is a form of mental illness afflicting a particular demography of white males within every generation in our country. (Note: of course what I say applies to many white females, but thankfully they do not often express themselves by being creators of carnage.) I don’t think one can challenge an argument that America has many historical and cultural attributes, at the intersection of which is a mental “black hole” like those in deep space, that literally sucks in susceptible white men’s minds. Once in the pull of the black hole, they cannot escape after passing a certain point. Their mental and moral decay at that juncture radiates an anger that is entirely destructive, in fact, is evil itself.
Now racism is a form of hate based on an invalid Zeitgeist that has traveled through time, morphing along the way, generation by generation. In the mid-Twentieth Century it was manifested profoundly in Germany, infecting a large part of the population, even though it had already taken hold here in AmeriKKKa long before. Really this country has been built on hate, when one takes a serious look at our history. Every immigrant group that has come to theses shores has hated the other group, with those arriving more recently receiving the brunt of the hate of those already here; and, then there is the matter of the genocide of First Peoples. But the racism of white men hating people of color is a unique brand of such hate, giving them the “justification” to commit atrocities like at Wounded Knee, and the now countless mass murders over the last three years.
Here is one article asking if racism should not be considered a mental illness, or at least explored as such. I agree with most of the article, as it lays out what to me is obvious, that one way to begin to “cure” racists is by exposing white racists to those persons of color in a way that can lead to person to person transaction. I don’t know where one might begin to practice such an experiment at large, but within our prison industry might be a good starting point. It is a fact that if two people of different “persuasions” are forced to confront one another in a situation that depends on their mutual cooperation, they tend to begin to see the other as “human” and not a mere object to receive their hate.
I think this approach should be seriously looked into. Of course, we can not use pleas of insanity by domestic terrorists or other racists that have harmed innocent people; but, we can attempt to root out the mental/spiritual cancer of racists and try to “fix them.”
Another “approach” to preventing or curing racism, I believe wholeheartedly could and should began in secondary education. In previous posts I have suggested that a reason for so much of our problems as a country is the inability to critically analyze problems, or “problems.” Using the Socratic method of discussion, showing young people how to analyze and unravel the threads of a problem or condition, so they can separate the real threads from the perceived fallacious threads, would without a doubt contribute to youth who carry that ability to seek truth into adulthood. Racism will not flourish where there is truth.