Having said all that...
I've been binge watching HBO's True Blood on Hulu. The binge part means that I've missed some things because I watch at night and I fall asleep. BUT, I still get the gist of things. Tonight I realized that one of the big appeals of this series above other vampire, werewolf, supernatural being types of stories is the way it deals with
The Psychology and Sociology of Racism and Hate Groups
I am not either a psychologist or sociologist. But I have been exposed to scholars on these topics and I do read and I can think. So, here's what I think.
From an evolutionary perspective...
We are a social species and on an evolutionary scale, survival often depended on being with others like us. The more like us, the better. Different was avoided and, when it threatened, attacked.
Unfortunately, long after we had evolved and advanced technologically to the point where it became advantageous to welcome diversity, we continued to obey that early evolutionary imperative to fear/hate the different.
I guess my point is...
We once feared the different as a matter of survival. Now that deeply ingrained instinct is hindering us when we need to welcome the different and integrate rather than differentiate the species. That fear reaction is largely responsible for racism in its many forms. The sense of community people get from being with people of like minds is responsible for hate groups because the racist, even more than most of us, wants to be surrounded with others of its kind. It is a matter of what was once a survival trait becoming a handicap.
Back to the TV series...
True Blood is the name of the series. The obvious connection is the name of the synthetic blood product vampires drink rather than drinking human blood. The more subtle (?) connection is the racist attitude of some humans who want to exterminate vampires. Of course, vampires are actually humans who have been transformed and given near immortality. But who has "true blood?"
Having said all that...
I'm not sure what we do with this thought. But I do think hating the hater is not the answer.
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