Racism: psychology of group hate artwork
In These Times: Speaking for the mind

Racism: psychology of group hate

  • E17
  • 30:11
  • March 9th 2022

Racism is a psychological problem. It has been failed by the law, education, history and culture studies in stopping violence, hate and aggression towards different ethnic groups.

Previn Karian highlights the stuckness of racism in colonial history alone. It results in white shaming which guarantees the white backlash of nationalist populism and fascism seen in the US and Europe.

Karian turns to Freud's group psychology to explain the origins of group hate which is the psychological root of racism, and to John Stuart Mill for fundamental principles of free speech and hate speech that are currently confused in democracies. For Karian, "we are all racists" living in what he calls "multicultural hate" .

Listen to the full analysis here. A late tribute to the work of Bishop Desmond Tutu in South Africa.

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