Monsters Lurking in the Dark Human Psyche

Racial Discrimination

An action started in 1864 and concluded by the end of 1865 marked the first step the U.S. had taken in their short but eventful and complex history, on the road to treat everyone as equal human beings. The Secretary of State of the U.S. declared the adoption of the Thirteen Amendment to the United States Constitution thus picking the first ripe fruit of the American Civil War: the abolition of slavery. It was one of the fruits of a long and bloody battle. A hundred years later, the U.S. decided it was time for another major action towards the eradication of prejudices: the Civil Rights Act became law. It took this nation a hundred years to recognize the necessity of such an act. Now, more than half a century later, the U.S. is still fighting racial prejudice. African-Americans are "legally" beaten and even killed in cold blood by those that are supposed to defend them in the first place. Double standards arise too often when it comes to opportunities, choices or privileges given to African-Americans compared to those their Caucasian counterparts are getting.

The U.S. As most countries on the face of the earth, is still massively dealing with racial prejudice. Once, a freeborn man was kidnapped at the age of thirty and then sold to a slave owner. In1854 he was rescued after twelve years of slavery and survived to tell his story to the world. In 2008 a 22-year-old African-American unarmed and handcuffed man was shut in the back and killed by a police officer while held face down on the pavement of a metro station. It happened in front of dozens of witnesses and it was videotaped. The respective police officer was convicted for "involuntary manslaughter." A book and a film tell the stories of these respective men. The public sympathizes with them, most of those who read the book "Twelve years a Salve" or watch the film "Fruitvalley" condemn the villains that treated human beings like lowlifes, placing them even lower than a pet in their esteem. Yet, many of those who cried their eyes out while reading about Solomon Northup's misfortunes or watching the tragic story of young Oscar Grant go back to their lives and involuntarily pass judgments based on social categorization. It is "us" against "them."

Interestingly enough, there are some tests performed by child psychologists that show infants as young as several months taking sides with other persons who expressed similar interests for the same toy, for example. The same infants have previously showed they disagreed with the same persons who apparently committed an unjust act. As soon as those persons showed similar interests as themselves, they changed gears and took sides. Scientists are still a long way from reaching conclusive theories based on such tests, but it still sais a lot about human nature. Society is getting the best as well as the worst form us.

Most of us want to fit in and in order to do that individuals are looking…