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Few people can be happy unless they hate some other person, nation, or creed.

We should free ourselves from the narrowness of being related only to those familiar to us, either by the fact that they are blood relations or, in a larger sense, that we eat the same food, speak the same language, and have the same “common sense.”
Erich Fromm

The Jews of 17th- 20th century Poland and Russia were dirt poor, had no influence and yet they were hated... The Scapegoat Theory does not then cause anti-Semitism. Rather, anti-Semitism is what makes the Jews a convenient scapegoat target. Hitler's ranting and ravings would not be taken seriously if he said, "It's the bicycle riders and the midgets who are destroying our society."

The greatest evil we have to face is not the physical evil of the famine, but the moral evil of the selfish, perverse and turbulent character of the Irish people.

Decter is appalled by the fag 'takeover' of San Francisco. She tells us about the 'ever deepening resentment of the San Francisco straight community at the homosexuals' defiant displays and power ('power!') over this city,' but five paragraphs later she contradicts herself: 'Having to a very great extent overcome revulsion of common opinion, are they left with some kind of unappeased hunger that only their own feelings of hatefulness can now satisfy?'

There it is. They are hateful... Not even the authors of The Protocols of Zion ever suggested that the Jews, who were so hateful to them, were also hateful to themselves. So Decter has managed to go one step further than the Protocols' authors; she is truly a virtuoso of hate, and thus do pogroms begin.
Gore Vidal rebuts Midge Decter's "The Boys on the Beach" (1980)

What, clown?! Are you feeling angry?! Humiliated?! Is that it?! Fool, you don't know what humiliation is!!! Don't worry, I will teach you its bitter taste just as you have taught me! Me, a warrior elite! In my fingertips, I hold the power to destroy entire worlds! I am a Saiyan of royal blood! The last of my kind! And on my shoulders rests the glory of an extinct warrior race! All civilizations once trembled at the sound of my name, but you didn't. Did you, Kakarot? And at your hands, your common hands, my honor and my pride, the foundations of all which I had always stood, began to crumble at my feet! It was at your hands that I had suffered my first great humiliation! Toppled by a piece of low-leveled trash! Imagine my added shame when it was you and not me who avenged our people by defeating Frieza. You, who were the first to achieve the pinnacle of our race! The first in a thousand years to take a place upon the Super Saiyans of legend! A place that I had been raised to believe was my royal birthright! And imagine the disgrace I suffered when the strength I had worked my whole life to acquire was surpassed by a mere child! Your half-breed son succeeded where I, the Prince of all Saiyans, had failed! It is time to take back what is mine! I will not live my life as your second! That time is over! Every breath you take is an assault to my honor! But no more, Kakarot! By my hands, you will be cut down inch by inch, the way you have cut down my pride!
Vegeta to Goku, Dragon Ball Z

Fukaboshi: What did the humans do to you, Hody? Did they kill a loved one of yours? Have they enslaved anyone you know?
Hody Jones: Nothing.

In many ways, everyone who is different from us is a bewildering, inexplicable enigma. They arbitrarily hate the things we like and like the things we hate, and behave in ways we can't predict. That makes us hate them a little. We end up concluding that these people (members of the opposite sex, opposing political party, owners of a rival video game system) are just one-dimensional stock characters placed as obstacles or foils in the movie that is our life.

The results were striking. Having two Spanish-speakers show up for the train for two weeks made people's views more exclusionary. Specifically, they became more likely to advocate a decrease in legal immigration from Mexico, less supportive of amnesty programs for illegal immigrants and more in favor of having English declared the official language...The study's finding is really remarkable. These white suburbanites did not become more exclusionary as a result of reading a report on the economic impact of immigration or after attending a fiery debate among experts on the subject. The experiment simply made a modest change to their social environment, providing a powerful demonstration of the unconscious power of the psychology of Us-versus-Them and of perceived threats from other groups. Frankly, this result is pretty depressing.
Robert Sapolsky, "An Experiment Shows Bias Against Strangers on a Train"

Since people live together in families and communities where blood ties and cultural similarities foster cooperation, those who are different undermine this social solidarity. The very presence of people who are different in appearance or belief or language make the majority of people in a community wary of those who do not share a common interest in preserving the dominant group.

This fear is justified since people naturally view those who look, believe, and act in a similar manner as extensions of themselves. Since people are naturally selfish, they will lend aid and befriend those whom they see as similar to themselves. Conversely, since people are naturally selfish and seek to dominate others to enhance their own power, they will naturally first seek to dominate those who are different. People who are different are more likely to be seen as objects rather than fellow humans.
Urban Dictionary on "xenophobia"

I don't hate the sinner, I hate the sin. And yours, my friend, is existing.
Lex Luthor to Superman, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Every day that Splinter lives is a stain on our honor.

Jubilee: Why do you hate [mutants]?! What did we ever do to you?!
Graydon Creed: You were born!

"And Simba? How did your nephew betray you?" Kivuli asked him.
"He drew breath. That was betrayal enough." Scar hissed.


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