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Why do many White Americans hate, demonize, fear and look down on blacks? I am no scientist or scholar, but here is I how I currently think about it. This post is very much a work in progress.
There are plenty of things that keep white racist thinking in place:
- Racist messages in jokes, history books, the news and on television, etc,
- Material self-interest,
- Fear of becoming an outcast among whites
and so on. But this is not the heart of the matter.
Not even material self-interest. After all, plenty of poor whites are racist. About all they have to show for it is this: “At least I’m not black.” And that gives it away: it is about white self-image.
My current understanding of the white self-image: