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Where Does Hate Come From?

The social climate in our country has reached a level of intensity only seen a few times in our history.  Political rhetoric has emboldened seemingly dormant hate groups to the forefront of the national dialogue. Past campaigns against hate and for equality have made a profound and positive change yet we still face the issues they fought to address and eradicate.

This article, Charlottesville Postmortem: Why People Join Hate Groups by Sharon Jayson in the Kaiser Health News looks into what compels someone to associate with a group based on violence and supremacy. It identifies Adverse Childhood Experiences  (ACE’s = Childhood Trauma) as a precursor to joining extremist groups. Since the release of the ACE study, we have begun to understand that prolonged and lasting impact child abuse has and the broader impact on our society. ACE’s change the way we interact, interpret and engage the world they provoke our brain into the fight, flight, or flee behavior.

Since the release of the ACE study, we have begun to understand the prolonged and lasting impact of child abuse and its impact on our society. ACE’s change the way we interact, interpret and engage the world they provoke our brain into the fight, flight or flee response inhibiting our ability to fully embrace the world around us. We have identified that these experiences can lead to violent behavior, we now need to ensure proper interventions for traumatized children are accessible.

When we recognize the brain as an organ that gets sick we will pursue cures validated by scientific research, like we would all of our other organs.  Hate is an illness of the brain, to stop hate we must understand our brain.

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