In Spokane, Washington, there is a school called Gonzaga University (after Saint Aloysius Gonzaga) which includes an Institute for Action Against Hate, which has been pushing for the inclusion of "hate studies" programs in college curriculums.
I'm not sure why "hate" deserves a special place as an object of study. Why not envy? Or sloth? Or maybe I could go to a Regent's meeting and propose the establishment of a Michigan Institute for the Study of Gluttony. Or a Center for Research on Lust.
No matter. "Hate" is hip these days, and I might as well do what I can to educate my fellow citizens on this timely topic. I'll start by providing a link to one of my favorite web sites: American Renaissance, or "AmRen" for short.
AmRen is, among other things, a "racial realist" web site. Racial realism simply recognizes that there are fundamental differences between different racial groups, specifically between black people and white people. These statistical differences can sometimes be overlooked when we are dealing with individuals, but they must be understood if we want to understand the world we live in. If we want to understand hatred and crimes motivated by it, we must face up to two fundamental racial differences: Black people are, on the average, less intelligent than white people, at least at academic sorts of things; on the average, black people are more likely to engage in criminal behavior. Thus, if we really want to understand interracial hate crimes, we can't focus our attention only on a few tiny groups of white supremacists whose members have committed acts of violence against black people. We must also consider racially motivated violence by black people against white people. For this "training day," I'm providing links to some AmRen postings about such events. Students of hatred should follow each link and read at least the main text, although some of the comments do give valuable insights.
No study of black-on-white violence would be complete without learning about the "Zebra" killings that took place in California in the '70s. Read Lest We Forget: Remembering the Zebra Victims by Nicholas Stix (Men's News Daily).
One basic reason behind the hatred sometimes violently expressed by black people against white people is not hard to understand. One of the posters on the "Ed Dept. Eyes Charge" thread describes his experiences as the only white person in an otherwise all-black school in Detroit:
Through most every school day the anti-white racial name calling, threats and taunts were common with the occasional shoving or shouldering during exchange of classes. Every so often I would see some black male a few yards away, who I didn't know, trying to build up his courage in front of his friends, and facing me with his arms to his sides and his hands balled up in a tight fists, with his face contorted in anger, over what I suppose was some newly learned century old anti-black racial incident that some of the black teachers enjoyed dramatically and passionately dredging up over and over again to enflame their black students.The poster ("Risorgimento II") went on to describe enduring acts of physical violence. But we see a rather plain causal factor for black hatred in the above quote. Black students are constantly given accounts of historical injustices by whites against blacks. Naturally, that tends to fuel their feelings of anger and hatred. Another poster ("Lily White") had experiences similar to those of Risorgimento and noted:
Social studies class consisted of rehashing a long litany of sins committed by dead white guys, and lamentations of non-whites who would be living in the Garden of Eden if it weren't for us. The reality, or the Bizarro world I lived in was one where the black kids beating up white kids were called victims, and the white kids getting beat up were called perpetrators.On the "Gal Battered in S.I." thread, a "Paul Jones" offers an observation from his two years of high school teaching in the Bronx:
Instead of reading "To Kill a Mockingbird," which at least portrays some whites in a positive light, 9th graders read "The Color Purple," which has no white portrayed as other than a wild eyed racist, with scenes of whites beating up on and mistreating blacks. In history courses, it's all about the evil, exploitive whites and how they enslaved blacks and mistreated them. If I had been a minority in that school, I imagine some were conditioned to want to take revenge on some white to get even.
It's interesting. Sometimes relatively minor incidents at colleges or universities -- a racist flier or a few racist jokes -- will precipitate huge orgies of anti-racism and soul-searching and pledges by all the top administrators to devote massive institutional resources to the task of eliminating hatred. But when obviously overemphasized tales of white wickedness have the obvious effect of encouraging violence against white people, our professional intellectualizers stand mute.
This is just a blog entry, not a dissertation. I mean to raise a few questions in the minds of those who would undertake a study of hatred in a classroom or institutional setting. Is the hatred against white people reported in the above links any different than the hatred of a white person who commits a violent act against a black person? Why or why not?
If you are white and just beginning to become interested in racial issues, then you are still a rookie. As with the rookie cop in the movie Training Day (2001), starring Denzel Washington as a totally corrupt narcotics officer, there are things you need to learn about that you won't necessarily be taught in school. I hope the above links are of some help to you.
Addendum, August 6, 2007:
No study of hate crimes would be complete without some attention being paid to kidnapping, rape, torture and murder of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom in Knoxville, Tennessee. See Horror and Significance: Thoughts About Tim Wise and Knoxville for a few relevant links.
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