ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Rehab for Racists

Updated on July 4, 2011

12 Steps May Not Be Enough?

Gaffes aren't just confined to the Tea Party wing of the GOP, though Mel Gibson's rant directed at his ex may be well beyond a gaffe and crossed the line to psychotic.

The threats were bad enough, but the hateful comments he made towards Blacks and Latinos was what really got myself and a lot of people.  I've heard the suggestion that Mel go into rehab, I think what these people actually mean is therapy.

Why do I say this?  To me rehab is for things like addictions, behaviors that have a physical component to them.  For a chemical addiction, it's the chemicals themselves that provide a direct effect on the addict.  For behavorial addictions; food,sex, gambling, etc, it's the effects that the behaviors have on the body.

Racism, to me, is something that is more learned.  It can be taught by culture, see the American South before the Civil War, and during the age of Jim Crow, by family, or even the a government, South Africa under apartheit may be the best example of this, but Australia's policy towards the aboriginies could apply as well.

If Mel Gibson does decide, or is forced, to seek counseling for this hatred that seems to exist in him.  After he decides where he learned this is why he chose to learn it.  The choice to adopt a racist attitude, while it may be difficult to resist, is a choice that a person freely makes.  The forces that drive this choice are many; a sense of superiority, or the idea that one is superior to "those people", feelings of anger or rage, this could be the case with Mel, or a notion that minorities get breaks or preferential treatment.

A potential new reason for racist ideas has come up as well, especially in America.  The idea that the majority is losing it's hold on the political process.  We have an African-American president who was elected with sizable support from younger people.  This generation has seen lines of color become blurred like none before, and perhaps the older generation sees that notions of White superiority may be outdated.

Can Mel Gibson change?  Does he want to may be a better question.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • profile image


      9 years ago

      Not certain whether this is factual, I was born in Black Africa in a very homogenous region that is 99% of the people I grew up with look like me, dark skin black Africans, I never recall having had any negative experiences with racism of any sort, my siblings as well as my younger brother are very open-minded without any signs whatsoever of intolerance, racism toward other races, including but not limited to the site of inter-racial couples, or marriage, yet for unknown reasons I am deeply intolerant – have great revulsion for non-native African , people of interracial background, interracial dating or people of other races or ethnicity. I truly hate having these sentiments, and always regret overreacting toward them!!!!, I was well broad up with no sign of intolerance , in fact racial issues were never mentioned in our home, well since historically no such negative past existed , every one looked the same , and were practically the same culture and values.

      So I am rather puzzled as to the racial feelings-, which clearly upset me after the fact. I know deep down that is wrong but somehow I cannot help my self. I have tried to read books and articles to rehab my self to no avail. I am truly ashamed to go see a professional and talk about these feelings. Somehow I have this feeling of superiority toward others, which is in part ingrain in all of us growing up . I hate it now ..

    • d.william profile image


      9 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Good hub. Good content.

    • izettl profile image

      Laura Izett-Irwin 

      9 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Mel Gibson is just getting worse as the years go by. Watch him and Lindsay Lohan slide down into disastor at about the same rate. Racism is so tricky- politics tricky too. Combining Mel, politics, and racism- whew! that's a tall order. Thought provoking hub though.

    • steve8miller profile image

      Steven Miller 

      9 years ago from Ohio Great City of Dayton

      Well on the topic of racism is the Tea Party racist? I think many factions are. I call it subtle racism. When you do not call yourself a racist, however deep at your core being are a racist. Racism can come out in all kinds of ways, you may not even believe it as being racist. This is what we are seeing right now in the Tea Party. The thing about subtle racism, is it can very easily lead to blatant racism. As well when called out on it the people get defensive. Like I say I am a social worker, and we have to take a class on Cultural Competence. As all of our politicians should have to as well! We study the Tea Party, and we all mostly agree there is "A Lot" of subtle racism. As well a decent amount of plain racism. I wrote a hub on it. I am still running a vote for "Is the Tea Party Racist?"

      As for Mel Gibson, I think Mel is a bad alcoholic. So he acts very compulsively. When acting compulsive this "subtle" racism, gets magnified intensely. As he worked with all sorts of racist just fine. Never a complaint. However subtle racism has a way of becoming full fledged hatred. That is the problem right now in America, we could be in big trouble here. These are the facts in regards to a Social Sciences perspective. Keep up the good work, I continue to link your great insights to my latest hubs on the subject.

    • BlogggerOne profile image


      9 years ago

      Hey TPC: I'm old, I'm white and I am NOT a racist. I don't give a damn what your race, color, religion, or sexual preference is. My generation is responsible for those young voters NOT being prejudice either. Just ask my grandchildren or your neighbor for that matter. Racist talk is just a smokescreen to cover up hidden agendas. Let's get real and move on.

    • John B Badd profile image

      John B Badd 

      9 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hatred, hatred leads to suffering - Master Yoda (not master in the bad way, he wuz green ;)

      Good Hub

    • TeaPartyCrasher profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Camp Hill, PA


      I did mention that Australia has it's own history of institutional racism.

      And what of the "outgroups" that the GOP seems to need to get people to support corporation and CEO backed candidates?

    • KFlippin profile image


      9 years ago from Amazon

      What's sad is you clearly want to politicize Mel Gibson's rants. The man is sick, his words are foul, and they make me physically cringe with horror, not only the racism in the them but the violence that comes through toward his gold-digging new woman. Oh, and he was reared in Australia I think, can't blame it on America.

      And your closing paragraph about this current generation that has most definitely seen lines of color become blurred -- what's sad is that very blurring is being clarified anew for this generation with the blatant racism being practiced and preached by the far left elements of the Democratic party -- apparently, they don't want those lines blurred anymore.

    • TeaPartyCrasher profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Camp Hill, PA


      "Jim Crow" laws were created when the Democrats were the party of reactionaries.

      And I'll agree that Mel needs help, but as I asked, does he want to be helped?

    • vrajavala profile image


      9 years ago from Port St. Lucie

      It was the Democrats who created the Jim Crow laws.

      Mel, obviously, is/was an alcoholic who left his wife of 28 years by a tricky gold-digger. it happens all the time. I feel sorry for Mel, his soon to be- ex-wife, his seven kids and his grandkids.

      I just hope he gets counseling and doesn't do anything bad to himself


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)