SELECTIVE OUTRAGE: WHY WE REACT DIFFERENTLY WHEN SOMEONE FROM A DIFFERENT GROUP HURTS YOU

 

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“We accept the same circumstance anyways.”


No matter if it’s racial issues or some political commentary, we as a society have this selective outrage over topics that make us mad. Yet we make excuses on the opposing side for the same people in our own environment. What it is psychologically that compels us to fight the issue from the outside versus on the inside. We have been seeing this from the sexual assault allegations coming from the entertainment business. The people in the business have spent the better portion of the year going after President Trump because of his past indiscretions, then next thing you know sexual assault now is pooping up all over the industry. But today’s topic focuses more so on the ethnic piece of selective outrage. Why do we accept violence or ostracism from within, but it’s a bigger deal when it comes from another group outside of ourselves?

For example why do we as a Black community become outraged and protest over the police shootings, but no protest over gang violence from within? Why is there a bigger reaction when a White girl is sexually assaulted by a Black male than a White male? Because there is a piece of that which is primal, and then there is the piece of that which is socially constructed. The primal aspect has to do with this ingrained animalistic portion of us that reject someone who is from a different community. Anyone we perceive to be an outsider we will react strongly toward more so than anyone else. It’s still that small primal aspect about ourselves that we have retained dating back hundreds of thousands of years ago. Then again, there is the social construction and that is how we as humans shape society.

If you observe human evolution and how we came to be, you look at the out of Africa theory. And once that happened, people started building their own civilizations, which were seen as these great empires. But eventually humanity ventured out and realized that we are not as special as we think we are in building great things. Why, well there is another civilization far away that is building something just as great, if not greater. So to keep others in our own space from realizing that maybe our rulers are not as great as we think, we are told others are savages for not living our way. So a lot of the way we perceive other groups of people is by way of socially constructing civilizations over time. Yet we do just as much harm from within. Because we either like to act as if it doesn’t exist, feel it is for some greater good, or transfer blame to someone close by.

In the end, we make so many exceptions when dealing with each other in society. And then when someone on our own side gets into the same trouble, it tends to expose the agendas that we push. And when it comes to racial agendas, they have been going on for so long, that I don’t even think people want to change their thought process. Because a shift in thought means people have to look at life differently than they do now.


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