the mind and heart of a bigot exists a hidden world of hatred, failure and low
self-esteem combined with a powerful need to feel good at another's expense.
Roy Masters (a Jewish immigrant from England who has experienced firsthand the
cruelty of anti-Semitism) looks beyond the surface politics of discrimination
and explores the intriguing psychology of this dangerous and divisive
we are witnessing the renewal of a hate-based ideology, one based on identifying
and persecuting scapegoats for personal and national problems. After the
promise of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, people of good will the
world over had hoped widespread racism would be a thing of the past and
although it has mushroomed in the last decade, this attitude of contempt for
one group by another has unfortunately always been present not only in this
country but throughout the world.
exactly is this insidious need some people have to feel superior to other
races? The answer to the riddle of racism becomes self-evident for anyone
willing to probe just beneath the surface of this most inhuman of human
characteristics. There are several important dynamics involved but one of the
most important is this simple but unpleasant truth: Those who have been
subjected to humiliation and degradation in their own lives come under a
powerful compulsion to "take it out" on someone else. Losers can
feel like winners only when they look down their noses at others and make
others feel the same humiliation they have experienced.
process is readily observed between siblings. The older brother cruelly
humiliates his young brother who then turns around and picks fight with his
younger sister. By upsetting and degrading her, the middle child experience
what feels like a restoration of the power he lost to his older brother. Each
participant in this process is unaware that his identity has been altered, each
has inadvertently joined human pecking order.
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