A Black Cloud
The heart is an organ of fire, filled with intense love and intense
hatred. Yet it is the hatred which entwines the lives of people causing them to
display acts of violence and cruelty. Hatred is displayed through forms which
include: prejudices towards large groups of people, crimes of hatred being
committed, and indirect hatred which involves hurting others as an act of
rebellion against someone or something.
Throughout history, the world has been afflicted by the prejudices of
powerful leaders who in turn took their animosity out on large masses of people.
Adolf Hitler, the leader of Germany during World War II, is a prime example of
this. He took his hatred out on the Jews, forcing them into concentration camps.
Another group that is a target of hatred are the blacks. The Ku Klux Klan,
otherwise known as the KKK, possess intense hatred for the black race. Their
hatred is demonstrated by marching in white cloaks in protest and also by
burning the churches and neighborhoods of blacks. Just as Hitler and the KKK
express hatred, the Skinheads are yet another group which have strong prejudices.
These so called Skinheads abominate most races other than their own. White
hooded silhouettes, German Soldiers echoing "Hail Hitler!", and the infamous
Skinheads are harsh reminders of hatred which exists throughout the world.
In the same way that prejudices of large groups of people are expressed,
hate crimes are committed to demonstrate acts of hatred. Most recent are the
burning of black churches across the South. A crime of this sort shows hatred
against the black race. Sometimes leading to manslaughter, racial tensions are
abundant. Furthermore, the burning of crosses or flags are offensive crimes
that are committed to show a person's hatred for religion or the government.
Spousal abuse, child abuse, homicide, and wars between races can only be acts of
one thing: hatred. Newspapers are filled with page after page of stories
revealing the immense amount of hatred that our society possesses.
Although crimes are committed to show hatred directly, there are other
crimes which can also show hatred but in ways that are indirect. Think back to
the Oklahoma City Bombing; it is a perfect example of indirect hatred. This is
true because the motive of the bombers was to attempt to take revenge on the
government, but instead the bombers took the lives of innocent people who were
in the building. Moreover, the Empire State Building gunman's plan was to take
revenge on his "bitter enemies", who he blamed for making Palestinians "homeless"
, according to a handwritten note he carried. Instead, one tourist was killed
and five others were hospitalized in this attempt. Innocent bystanders, who are
at the wrong place at the wrong time, are the ones who suffer most from acts of
A black cloud stifles society, suffocating the lives of people, causing
pain and suffering. The eyes of mankind are blinded: unable to see passed
prejudices. Generations carry the preconceptions of the ones before. Society
needs to see the light and learn to accept.