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Saturday, October 2, 2010

From Pride to Hate - The Slippery Slope


by: Glenn Robinson
Updated 8-9-2012

With the never ending news of violence and shootings - one might ask themselves - as Marvin Gaye said, what's going on?

I created this chart to help identify threats in which we should probably call the authorities, verses subjective threats, verses our every day disrespectful annoyances. 

Below, in order from less threatening to most threatening, you will find:

Words for pride, fear, hate and violence, in order of intensity.
Degrees of Us vs Them / Gloria Yamato's Degrees of Racism- click chart to enlarge -

By severity



Pride

misogyny / misandry

Violence


More nuanced definitions can be found at Definitions and Semantics at the TheStudyOfRacialism.org

It's said that there is a fine line between love and hate.

Love of self (pride) can morph into arrogance. Arrogant people think they are superior - and in turn they probably dislike, or at least disrespect those who are unlike themselves.

Dislike or disrespect toward others can easily lead to hate - and then to a hate crime.

Many Americans are blatantly xenophobic and/or homophobic; homophobia is evident in our nation's attempts to prevent the LGBT community from marrying. And xenophobia is evident from our nation's eagerness to spend tax dollars building fences and maintaining outdated immigration quotas that do not meet our county's needs.




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Glenn is a European-American married to a Mexican-American. They have two children. Glenn is interested in progressive immigration reform, and desegregation within schools and communities. He is interested in sociology, anthropology, psychology and history.
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