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...