ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Racial Hatred: Our Shadow Self

Updated on August 14, 2014

Current Replays of an Ancient Scourge

As I write this article, tear gas still wafts through the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, as the tragic saga of yet another slain black youth—Michael Brown—plays out on the stage of life that we call ‘modern’ America.

This horrific event comes in the wake of another black man shot in Los Angeles, still another choked to death by a police officer in New York City, not to mention the thousands of minorities executed and beheaded by ISIL in the northern portions of Iraq.

One might think we’d learned the lessons of Auchwitz and Dachau, or moved past lynchings that occurred as recently as the 1950’s, or gone beyond the violent and tragic beatings of Selma, Alabama, and the murders of decent people like Chaney, Schwerner and Goodman or Emmitt Till. But, alas, it isn’t so.

Racism and cultural hatred are still with us, as pernicious as ever, and making a comeback, it appears. On the very night of the Inauguration of the United States’ first black president in January of 2009, Republicans plotted a strategy of ‘NO,’ determined to make Barack Obama a one-term president.

That goal was beyond reach, so the abusing of voting rights and women’s rights as related to health care and workers’ rights took center stage instead, along with ‘Birther’ myths and cries of ‘Socialism.’

What lies behind all this? Not just a clamoring for power and control, but deeper issues, with the hatred of other races and minorities at the head of the list. The not-so-ironic truth is that all of this was to be expected. Why? Because of an aspect of human nature that psychiatrist Carl Jung termed the “shadow self.” An excellent web-pages article on that subject is well worth reading. Use the link below to access it, after you read the rest of this article.



Looking into the Shadows

Each human being has parts of his or her personality that are denied. They lurk in the background of consciousness and haunt us at our weakest and most vulnerable moments. We don’t see these darker aspects of ourselves without a great deal of introspective work, but we do see their effects.

Whenever we lash out in anger at someone else, or envy the success of others, or refer to any individual or group with a collective ‘them’ and express disapproval or outrage, we unleash our shadow selves.

The truth is, what we hate, we fear in ourselves. It’s no mystery that many TV evangelists and conservative politicians who decry homosexuality or other immoral behavior are often forced later to confront their own hidden predilections along those same lines. It’s the ‘log in your own eye’ syndrome mentioned by Jesus in Matthew 7:3-5, or what's termed in psychology as projection.

Moving Toward a Solution

The way to resolve these inner conflicts and avoid immense hurt and suffering in the world at large is to acknowledge the dark side in ourselves and express the fear that is present in us.

Some people may be totally incapable (or unwilling) to undertake such a task. In such cases they need to be stopped, by force if necessary. But most of us are ‘works in progress,’ and we’re willing to learn and adapt and change for the better.

That we do so is crucial, not just for ourselves, but for the betterment of our society and the world around us.

It’s high time that we exorcise the demons within, in order to restore peace and justice to our planet.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Bear Tales 3 years ago

      MG -

      If that's so, the human race is condemned to a horrid fate. I've known people who have gone beyond their 'in-built' hatred of others and come to realize that people are truly people. The color of a car doesn't affect its performance; it just becomes a preference for some, rather than others. Let's work together for a more perfect world.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com 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: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    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 googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    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)
    Marketing
    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.
    Statistics
    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)