How America Burns With Hate, Anger, Blame and projection.

The school bully is almost always someone who is being degraded and bullied at home. He’s upset, insecure, and he needs to feel better, so he picks on a scapegoat. He hates the scapegoat with a vengeance reserved for self-hatred usually, but for a child, it is projected out where he can kick it and have power over it once and for all. But of course the bully’s strategy never works. Feeling good that way never lasts.

We are a young country, and we’re insecure about ourselves as Americans. America is the land of the free and the home of the brave; we are powerful, rich, and greedy, ruthless, violent, lazy and ignorant- but don’t tell an American that! We will explode! No! American machismo has it that we are always the smartest, toughest, richest, bravest. Best. At everything. We have to be strong and perfect. We can never be weak.

If you can’t admit you have flaws, then you have to project those flaws onto someone else, someone weaker than you. You need a scapegoat. someone else, someone weaker than you. You need a scapegoat.

Enter minorities: Black, brown, yellow people.

White Americans fear that blacks and Mexicans are ‘lazy,’ when blacks were slaves for generations, and Latinos do much of America’s hard, menial labour. Very little rationality is included in those fears, when we fear that we are lazy inside. Further resistance to that fear has us becoming workaholics, stressed, and all the nasty things that result from that abandonment of our insides.

Actually, white Americas have historically been the violent, lazy, ignorant, and greedy ones, still are perhaps, but we just can’t deal with admitting that, because nobody wants to feel bad. So we project those feelings and fears onto black and brown people and everyone else, who’s less powerful.

So all this time, white Americans have been projecting that Black and brown people are the greedy, violent, lazy, and ignorant ones in America. As a result, if white people don’t think they’re thinking it, they’re often thinking it unconsciously anyway.

That’s what American hate and racism is really made of: we’ve always been taught we’re perfect, and those qualities that we secretly abhor in ourselves, we will persecute in others.

Americans — white Americans, especially — don’t yet have the maturity to accept our own flaws and the perspective to laugh at ourselves. If you make fun of a white American, we will probably get mad, defensive, angry, fly into a rage, throw a tantrum. We’re still deeply insecure and don’t want to admit to any flaws. If we’re not the bravest, freest, strongest, toughest, smartest, and so on, in the world, we can’t handle it. So all those parts we can’t bear get projected onto another group, someone powerless. If you make fun of a white American, we will probably get mad, defensive, angry, fly into a rage, throw a tantrum. We’re still deeply insecure and don’t want to admit to any flaws. If we’re not the bravest, freest, strongest, toughest, smartest, and so on, in the world, we can’t handle it. So all those parts we can’t bear get projected onto another group, someone powerless.

Racism is always just a projection of the unwanted parts of ourselves. Laziness, ignorance, stupidity, violence, greed, and so on. Those are all the things we can’t abide.Laziness, ignorance, stupidity, violence, greed, and so on. Those are all the things we can’t abide.

We all live in a world that’s been divided to the core for centuries. In which tribe and clan and color have hated one another, taught to hate another, by violent, hateful men. In which white enslaved black, and nation devastated neighbor. No nation’s character is ever pure or innocent. The question, though, is whether we as Americans can learn to understand ourselves, and forgive ourselves. Freedom comes to us that way, and only that way. . In which tribe and clan and color have hated one another, taught to hate another, by violent, hateful men. In which white enslaved black, and nation devastated neighbor. No nation’s character is ever pure or innocent. The question, though, is whether we as Americans can learn to understand ourselves, and forgive ourselves. Freedom comes to us that way, and only that way.

– in part from an article by Umair Haque, “How Racism Ruined America”, Medium, June 3, 2020.