Have you ever seen someone do something and thought to yourself: “why would he even do that?” or, “what mentality must one have to do something like that?” Well, I don’t know about you, but I sure have. Whenever someone does deliberately makes a choice to do an act, I always think about what motive or what justification he/she had to do that. Most of the time it may be easy to understand why?, but in certain cases I am left baffled. I can’t comprehend the reasoning behind what motive they would have; one of these things is hate, specifically racism.
I stumble upon videos where a person is being extremely racist and hateful towards others, and most of the time in those videos, the racist people say the most bizarre things I’ve ever heard. Some of the things are so out there that I have trouble to comprehend these words have been said by a normal functioning human being.
The root of such absurd actions is one’s education. The people who say these sorts of things have been brainwashed into believing completely untrue and absurd things since they were young and these ideas have implanted themselves in the person’s head causing them to make these false conceptions about a group of people. For instance, people in power will spread false information about a group of people and the majority will come to “hate” that group without even actually knowing them which leads me to my next point.
Another reason people commit acts of racism and project hate towards another group of people is because they don’t actually know them. It is in human nature to be afraid of what one doesn’t know but this can be overcome and if people go and talk with the other side, they will most likely come to realize that they aren’t too different. They both have the same goals, the same values, and same ideas. Communication is also a key factor in combating hate.
It is the responsibility of those who are aware of this danger to communicate with others and advocate for communication. Sitting and watching will do nothing. It is time to action. Otherwise a dystopian future will welcome us.