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The hatred that America produces around the world has reached an unprecedented amount. Today it does not just manifest itself in public outcry although that is still quite apparent. It comes out in the aggression of the oppressed towards the United States. The lasting affects of the emotional damage that we cause becomes apparent for anyone who cares to look for it. But not always as you would think. Many times, instead of turning the aggression inward, by giving up, an oppressed individual or group may develop an intense hatred for the person, or persons that have oppressed them.
They may also develop hatred for a specific group of people. An example is this: if for some reason America fires fifty-nine missiles into a country, killing your child, your brother, your sister. The supposed “fear” of the United States military has now curdled into something far worse. Hatred. Hatred of not just those in the military, of not just the government, but of every single American. Hatred, in any and all forms, is a poison, it corrodes the mind, causes irrational thoughts, and promotes intense violence. Hatred is defined as a deep and extreme emotional dislike. It can be directed against individuals, groups, entities, objects, behaviors, or ideas. Hatred is often associated with feelings of anger, disgust and a disposition towards hostility. The hatred that is generated from the oppressors actions can be a very dangerous thing. I should not have to explain the damage we are doing to ourselves by promoting the hatred of the United States in foreign countries. The harm to developing a deep hatred for someone, something, or a group is catastrophic. Hatred stems from many different and complex emotions. For some it can be fear. Fear of being hurt, fear of being humiliated, fear of the unknown, fear of being killed, fear of not having food or water. Sometimes emotions are irrational, yet still believed by the oppressed individual, an example would be that things won’t ever change, that they will forever be attacked. Another emotion that creates hatred is the feeling of being powerless and weak. Being able to assert yourself is a key component in any interaction. The ruling class by design takes that away. Without the ability to assert yourself, control over the situation is lost, and by extension you become the victim, you become oppressed. This causes extreme feelings of being powerless and weak, or being perceived as powerless or weak. Which in many cases, is the same thing. Other emotions that beget hatred are, contempt, hurt, sadness, and jealousy.
Now many of you are probably still wondering, “Why is this a bad thing?” There are a couple answers, one from the oppressors view, and one from the oppressed individuals point of view. Below is the view that we as Americans should have.
The oppressed many times decide to express the way they feel as hatred for their “oppressor,” they end up masking their real emotions behind the facade of hatred and anger. Anger, and by extension hatred are secondary emotions. What that means is that an individual can not feel hatred and anger by themselves. Nothing ever can cause them. Anger and hatred are reactions. They are not emotions by themselves. This is what happens to those who are hurt, oppressed and emotionally scarred. They respond by turning their emotions into rage, into anger, and into hatred. They act on these emotions, normally with violence, either on themselves, or others, While one develops hatred for themselves, the other develops hatred for others. Both are misguided, and both are equally damaging. The anger and hate directed towards others neither alleviates the pain for the oppressed, nor ends the situation. As the the hatred develops if it has not been adequately dealt with, it manifests itself in alarming ways, many times violent. It’s known that harboring grudges, resentment, and intense feelings of anger can raise the anguish any given situation causes, which in turn makes the situation far more volatile. The hatred manifests itself in acts of aggression, for many hatred is the start of many of the worlds problems today. Xenophobia, racism, transphobia, and homophobia are just a couple examples of how mass groups of people that have let their fear and hatred develop.
Now what does this mean for us, as an American society? First we need to consider how we are viewed by other countries globally. What do they think about America? Do they respect us? Or do they fear us? And which is better? I argue that the more fear and hatred we cause others to feel in other countries, the less safe we are. With every successful military strike we have in the Middle East, we create more and more people who vow to avenge those we have killed. This trend must be stopped. We as an American people, must stand up to our government. Launching massive drone strikes does not keep America safe. Killing civilians and counting it as “collateral damage” does not keep american safe. Murdering families and children and those defending their country does not keep america safe. No, what it does is create hatred. Hatred against America, hatred against military, hatred against you, and hatred against me. This does not keep us safe. It must stop. We as a nation must stop the violence, the hatred, the fear. We must grow, and we must learn.
-Dyln Namm, Students & Youth for a New America