Where Does Hatred Come From?
Hatred is the result of a process. The process often starts with anger. Anger in itself is a natural defense mechanism – it is neither good nor bad.
Anger can be triggered by another's behavior, our own insecurity, some forms of mental illness, frustration, fatigue and other sources. What happens next is very important. We can deal with the anger in a healthy way, such as communication or simple kindness, or we can hold on to the anger. We can transfer the anger to another target (say for example another racial group). We can feed the anger, fortifying it with negative reinforcement, looking for additional justification for our anger. Anger that is held onto is resentment. At some point, we decide that the object of our anger has negative value. We despise it or them. An example would be if we were unsuccessful in sports and to cover our own feelings of inadequacy, blamed someone else. Then to justify that feeling, began to nit-pick the other's behavior, building the resentment and ending with hatred.