That’s why I included this quote at the end: “To do evil, a human being must first of all believe that what he’s doing is good”.

Despite the evil they do, they think they are good people doing what’s good and right. As perverse as that sounds, it’s true — I lived it.

Look back at most conflicts of whatever type in your own life. If you’ll think about it, most people you were having a conflict with actually thought they were right and you were wrong, just as you knew that you were right and they were wrong.

This isn’t passing judgement as to who’s right or wrong, but an observation as to the accuracy of the above quote — in most instances, the ones who are doing wrong really do believe they’re doing what they honestly believe to be the right thing, even when it’s against the law or against social or ethical norms.

What’s more, look back to what I said: “Racism does not require malice. It only requires untoward assumptions about a different race or ethnicity.”

Lastly, if you strongly disagree with everything I said above and maintain the opinion that it must all be deliberate malice (and you wouldn’t be the first one to try to make that case), then that would require that almost every White person in the Deep South is a malicious racist…and as for myself, I refuse to believe that all (or nearly all) of any ethnic group is motivated by malice…for to make such a claim would in and of itself be racist.

Retired Navy. Inveterate contrarian. If I haven’t done it, I’ve usually done something close.

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