Why We Hate We

As a sociologist, I don’t think our cycle of collective self-hatred is so recent, nor is it confined to some generational change. Our definition of ourselves was not our definition, nor us. We were given a new definition of ourselves by others who intended to oppress us and that image was of being inhuman or less than human and to the same deficit degree less trustworthy, less moral, and less competent. Having internalized this image of ourselves, we exported it to our partners, families, and the community which reflected us. Our culture, cultural products, leadership, all began to naturalize these images of inferiority as a true picture of who were and are. To change the self-hatred we must restore the image of our true selves to us, trading what we were made for what we were and were created to be.

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