Cognitive Psychology

A Quickie: GQP Scapegoating of Blacks and Immigrants Will Drive Increases in Hate Crimes and Violence


Racial violence is going to increase. All fascist and authoritarian movements needs a scapegoat to blame all of the problems both real and imagined on. The GQP is no different. And, given their recent rhetoric it is clear that they are focusing the ire and violence of their radicalizing base on Blacks and immigrants.

I thought we’d highlight one example of how normal people get roped into doing abnormal things in the name of scapegoating. This is what it looks like: A Michigan man shot at his neighbor’s house and slashed their car tires, not because they are Black, but because they had a BLM sign in their window.

“I targeted these people because I didn’t like their political sign that they had in the window,” he said. “I think you guys are some great people and didn’t deserve this at all.”

Man says he shot at, vandalized neighbors’ Michigan home over Black Lives Matter sign

He was sentenced to four to ten years for his trouble.

Amazingly, the targets of the violence responded with grace and forgiveness.

“I’m not angry, I’m not. I’m forgiving,” Candace Hall, 55, said at Frederick’s sentencing. “You’re a good kid and have a chance. You made a bad choice, and we understand that. We have children ourselves. We’re not hateful people, we’re Christians.”

Man says he shot at, vandalized neighbors’ Michigan home over Black Lives Matter sign

Would that all this incidents ended with such a Kumbaya moment and not with people dead and lives ruined,except for the perpetrator’s life, that is, but that’s not likely. It is likely to get much uglier and much worse before it is all over.

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    • Howdy Arty!

      Thank you for writing a comment! I really appreciate any and everyone who takes the time to comment. While I would’ve liked to hear more about why you think white privilege is gaslighting, I am grateful that a contrary opinion was not expressed using invective and insult.

      White people are privileged. White privilege isn’t personal, it is the aggregate of white people who are privileged. White privilege expresses itself in the in between spaces of our lives. It is the absence of oppression in white lives. We are not redlined for house loans. We are not denied interviews because our names sound too ethnic. The prices of our property is not devalued because of the color of our skin. The police are less likely to treat us with hostility and suspicion when we interact with them.

      White people can and do still struggle in their lives, but we do it without the added burden of the impediments that we’ve put in the way of Black and Brown people. That is what makes it so difficult to see, understand, and accept.

      By telling white people that removing these barriers to full economic, social, and political participation by Black and Brown people is harming them, it induces anger, fear, anxiety, and agitation which makes it much more likely that they will act on those feelings. We are seeing it now. There is a statistical increase in hate crimes against PoC by white people. We are now seeing Proud Boys and Antifa brawling in the streets of Portland. We’re now seeing teachers attacked in schools and medical professionals heckled and threatened after townhalls.

      Our society is becoming much more tolerant of violence. It is a bad thing and it is rooted in the resistance to the changing demographics of our country.

      Huzzah!
      Jack

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      • I am afraid your societal dysfunctionalism does not work on me. It is that I live under different laws where I live. I also, see that it hinders society to have these kind of a pedestal based on the colour of someone’s skin is an anecdotal way of people not having to deal with themselves and get a decent education or some set of skills.

        There are amazing people that have worked hard and abided by the law in all walks of life. Then, what you do with white privilege is you perpetuate discrimination.

        I do quite well because I do not put white people in a category which allows me to be a victim. It is a matter of perspective. My perspective is, many want the easy way out and a scapegoat, so they will attack authority to get there own way.

        Most immigrants do not want to attack society, they want to fit in. So they will do their upmost to make friends with as many people as they can. What happens when they put white people on a pedestal?

        Well, not a lot because they will become disheartened and not believe in what they can achieve. Hence, it is just a matter of your psychological perspective. I am not a victim and will not bend to any kind of supremacist talk.

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        • Howdy Arty!

          I’m not quite sure what you’re trying to say.

          I can only speak about race relationships in America where your belief in yourself as a victim or not will not change whether you get denied a home loan based on your race or the devaluation of your property based on your race. White privilege in the US is based on the systemic racism that is built into every system in the US and is deeply embedded in the psyche of white Americans.

          I’m glad you’re doing well having immigrated to the country you immigrated to.

          Huzzah!
          Jack

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        • Unfortunately, I have no idea what you’re trying to say. Who am I not wanting to make prove themselves? I’m not asking anyone to prove themselves. I’m addressing societal and system forces that enforce racist behaviors that are independent of individual agency.

          Huzzah!
          Jack

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            • No, it’s not over the top, but the point of American systemic racism is that you don’t realize it is happening whether you’re black or white. When your house is appraised by a realtor, you don’t know that it is significantly lower than what it would be if you were white unless you get a white person to pose as the owner and compare the estimates. It wouldn’t matter if you wouldn’t allow someone to victimize you. You wouldn’t be aware of the victimization. When the bank turns down your application for a loan because you want to buy a house in a white neighborhood, they don’t tell you it was because of that. They just say that you didn’t qualify. Your attitude doesn’t factor into it.

              Systemic racism isn’t about individuals. It is about the system. You’re lucky not to live in such a system.

              Huzzah!
              Jack

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  1. I remember a picture in a description of the custom from which we get the word “scapegoat”. The custom was to put the blame for community troubles magically on a goat and then drive it from the village. The picture was of people throwing rocks at the poor frightened goat to drive it away. So, violence is integral to the process of scapegoating from its origins.

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    • Wow! What culture came up with that move? The poor goat driven out to be a meal for some other predator.

      Given the necessity of being a group member, being scapegoated is just as damaging. Of course, the violence of the practice matched the violence of the concept.

      Huzzah!
      Jack

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      • As to which culture, there is this from Wikipedia:

        “In the Bible, a scapegoat is one of two kid goats. As a pair, one goat was sacrificed (not a scapegoat) and the living “scapegoat” was released into the wilderness, taking with it all sins and impurities. The concept first appears in Leviticus, in which a goat is designated to be cast into the desert to carry away the sins of the community.”

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        • Howdy Bob!

          Thanks for that. The early Middle Eastern cultures could be just brutal. I don’t know why but I focus on the fear that an immature goat driven off into the desert must have felt just waiting to be devoured by some predator. But, it does capture the concept and cruelty inherent in a scapegoat in its modern usage.

          Leviticus. Not exactly Christian, right?

          Huzzah!
          Jack

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