Hate Has Regional Roots - and Regional Differences, Study Finds
“Hate is a geographic problem. The ways people hate are based on the cultures, histories, ethnicities and many other factors dependent on place and place perception.”
Co-author Emily Nicolosi, a doctoral student at the University of Utah, says that at its root, hate stems from concerns over identity.
“Some people have strong feelings about who belongs, and who doesn’t belong in ‘their’ place,” she said. “When they see people coming in that they think don’t belong, their very identity feels threatened.”
Hate groups express prejudice against people with a specific identity – whether it be based on their gender, race, religion, disability, ethnicity or sexual orientation.