A video has been making its rounds on the internet — revealing high school students in Alabama making both racist and anti-Semitic remarks.
The video was originally posted to Twitter by a a Malorie Moore.
“[S]o this is how students at @SpainPark High School in Hoover, Alabama act?” she asked.
It was unclear when the video was created.
“Without the Holocaust, what would the world be like?” one party-goer can be heard saying in the video. “Jews would run the world.”
“F*ck n****rs, f*ck Jews,” another partier says.
“Jews are fine because they are white,” a woman then says.
“Jews would be running the world right now,” one student says.
“Fine, we just need n****rs gone,” the woman then replies.
“You stick them in concentration camps,” the student says, agreeing.
“No, you just have to wait until they die off,” the woman advises.
The children then proceeded to talk about the difference between Republicans and Democrats.
“How about we just kick out all the Democrats?” a female student says.
The video has since been taken down.
Kathy Murphy, Hoover School Superintendent, later confirmed to Al.com how the students in the video attend Spain Park High School in Hoover.
“We are exceptionally sad and disappointed that this would either be the attitude of some of our young people or whatever would prompt them to have such conversations,” Murphy shared. “It certainly speaks to the work we have before us.”
According to Psychology Today, one view of the origins of racism is how it is actually a psychological defense mechanism generated by feelings of insecurity and anxiety.
It is considered a psychological theory of “terror management.”
Research reveals how when people are given reminders of their own mortality — they feel a sense of anxiety as well as insecurity — which in response, cause them to turn towards status-seeking, materialism, greed, prejudice and aggression.
They are also more likely to conform to culturally accepted attitudes well as identify with their national or ethnic groups.
The motivation behind these types of behavior, according to Terror Management Theory, is to strengthen one’s sense of significance or value in the face of death, or to feel a sense of security as a way of protecting oneself against the threat of morality.
It is also suggested that racism as well as xenophobia of any kind is a symptom of psychological ill-health as well as psychological integration — as those who are psychologically healthy have a stable sense of self and strong inner security.
These types of people are not racist as they have no need to strengthen their sense of self through group identity.
“It is also helpful to remember that there is no biological basis for dividing the human race into distinct ‘races.’ There are just groups of human beings — all of whom came from Africa originally — who developed slightly different physical characteristics over time as they [traveled] to, and adapted to, different climates and environments.”
Steve Taylor PhD, a senior lecturer in psychology at Leeds Beckett University, UK, says.
“The differences between us are very fuzzy and very superficial. Fundamentally, there are no races — just one human race.”
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