Hello Curious Friend. Welcome to my book about Hate. The number tells you where you are in the sequence. I look forward to your comments.
Study How? (Continued)
Whether that was the intended amount of pain the gang wanted to inflict is another story. It doesn’t matter if it was either retaliatory or initiated.
We also know that these events occurred many times and took many different forms. Hiding books, calling names, showing a flag.
Yet they are all facets of the same underlying intent. Is that intent something we can call hate?
Not yet. Finally, these events occurred over an extended period. At least one semester, perhaps longer. Why they remained roommates for as long as they did is another question. That it persisted over time is a very important consideration for us, because it shows that the underlying intent was not a passing fancy or mood swing. Rather, it may well have been something fundamental to their character.
In summary, we have a group, we have great pain, we have consistency, and we have persistence. These are, indeed, the hallmarks of a powerful underlying emotion. It is very possible that, within this story, we have an example of hate. Why is it only possible? Why indeed isn’t this an obvious hate crime whose perpetrators should be punished immediately?
Let me attempt to show you why the diagnosis is still deficient by turning to another discipline entirely, medicine.
It is known within the medical community that some young couples exhibit a rare condition. The first part is a medical condition, and it occurs when the young woman becomes pregnant. Her breasts become tender, she may feel ill, have digestive problems, and be overly emotional. She has a good cause for these symptoms, the growing fetus in her womb.
The husband, however, if he is especially empathic, may also experience these symptoms. This condition, called Couvade Syndrome, is poorly understood and more common than you might think.
Medically legitimate research agrees that this is a psychological condition, not medical. But while the husband is not pregnant, he does exhibit symptoms of pregnancy. Make no mistake, the symptoms are real, they are not just “in his head.”
And so it is with our story in San Jose. On the surface it’s obviously a situation of hate. The dark-skin student suffered. His protagonists clearly caused that suffering.
In short, all of the symptoms of hate are there.
But where is the true cause? It’s time to search for it right now.
All hate has to come from some place and happen at some point in time. None of these young men were born with hate, it was given to them. And it’s too early in their lives to think that they may have invented it on their own. The question is, who planted the seed of hate in them?
To be continued …