Beware Resurgence of Deadly Diseases, Part 1

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by Kathie MM

You have probably read about the resurgence of long-suppressed infectious diseases such as malaria and typhoid fever. Drug-resistant forms of malaria are reaching epidemic levels in Asia and drug-resistant forms of typhoid  are doing the same in Africa.

Bad news. But there is even worse news in the U.S. and other Western nations. An old and deadly type of pathology appears to be approaching epidemic proportions, but efforts at prevention and cure are miniscule.

Causes, symptoms, and contexts of  racialopathy:

Causes of racialopathy: Various forms of fear, often linked to misinformation, miseducation, greed, and power-mongering; transmutations of fear into hatred not unusual.

Racialopathy pathogens: Fear of loss of power, of presumptive superiority, of ability to define and enforce “rights,” of assurance that only you and people like you have the “true” religion, the best customs, the valid beliefs, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Racialopathy social contexts: Racialopathy pathogens flourish in particular social contexts and emotional climates that vary depending on political, economic, and psychological conditions; for example, are relationships characterized by cooperation and tolerance or by and divisiveness? Is the dominant mood of the times friendly and optimistic or is it hateful, punitive, and distrustful?

Symptoms of racialopathy: Hatred of people based only on the color of their skin; threatening, cursing, or attacking others based solely on their “otherness.”

Prevention of racialopathy: Inoculations–measured exposure of vulnerable individuals to those feared “others”–can be helpful as can changes in the social climate (often accomplished in democracies through elections and other political processes).

Experiences with racialopathy:

— Have you ever been stricken with racialopathy? How did you treat it?

— Are you a caregiver for a victim of this dread disease? How do you deal with it?

— If you have this problem in your family, have you found it to be contagious?

For  ideas on prevention and cure, tune in for upcoming posts.


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9 Responses to Beware Resurgence of Deadly Diseases, Part 1

  1. Nicky says:

    I live in a place where racialopathy is resurgent indeed. With the rise of Trumpism, racist expressions have become socially acceptable again. It seems to be a great relief to many that they don’t need to hold back or smother their prejudices. Political correctness has almost died, it is so resented. But nobody will admit to the slightest bit of racism. They believe they are uttering truths that have been suppressed. So yes, it is based on fear, but it is also a matter of tribalism, feeling supported by all one’s social sphere who also have these fears. I rarely hear such things in person; probably people know I always disapprove and talk back. But I hear them and see them on TV and in the local newspaper’s letters to the editor.

    The violence in Baton Rouge is really scary. Almost every day there is a murder. The rate of murders and attempted murders is way up this year. Most murders are by young African American men, usually shooting another young black person—former girl friend, or a male rival in love or drug business. Seeing this parade of dark-skinned killers every night definitely raises the level of anti-black fears and statements. People are buying more and more guns. It is still illegal to carry a concealed or obvious gun in church or in a school, but there is a large movement to change that. More and more people have open-carry or concealed-carry permits.

    We are in the midst of yet another uproar over a white policeman shooting an unarmed black man. Our recently elected mayor is a well spoken, calm African American woman. She is leading a long search for a new police chief, having pushed the previous one to resign. The final nine candidates are all black, and all are promising better recruitment and training of police officers and more “community policing.” I sure wish them success!

    The solution needs to be much broader than better policing. We need more effective education of kids from poor families, more jobs, more opportunities of all kinds for African American teens and young adults. But the tendency is to focus money on punishment and to withdraw what little financial help is made available through tax-supported “welfare” programs. Racialopathy applies a negative stereotype to all the law-abiding, hard working, and unfortunate Others. They are seen as “Takers” and cheats by a growing number of voters.

    The three largest cities in Louisiana—New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Shreveport– have all recently elected African American women as mayor. As in the country as a whole, political polarization pits the suburban and rural areas against the urban areas.

    • kathiemm says:

      This is a great analysis of the racialopathy problem, Nicky, and wise advice regarding what needs to be done to promote a cure for the disease. Thanks also for the good news regarding those three African American women elected as mayors to those major LA cities. Although I understand the negative fallout in regards to suburban/rural divisions, I believe that electing women, and particularly women of color, is a strongly positive step forward in these nasty times.

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  3. Dear Dr. Malley-Morrison, This is so true and so prevalent. Even in the very liberal places I have lived, racism permeates so many aspects of the environment. Here in very liberal east bay, gentrification is pushing people of color out of homes their families have owned for generations. I hope you will talk about running for local office as a way to combat racial-opathy! The more voices for racial justice, the better, and working locally is the best option we now have to influence our country.


    • kathiemm says:

      Dear Alice, Thank you for your comment on my post on racialopathy. I agree wholeheartedly with your view that having protestors against racism and social justice run for local office is an essential step toward a more fair and just society. It was heartwarming to hear from Nicky in her comment on this post that three women of color have won mayoral elections in major cities in Louisiana! This is exactly the kind of activism we need–and which we are indeed seeing more and more of around the country at this time.

  4. Thank you Kathie: It is indeed an organically based disorder which stems in part from internal sensations,feelings, transmitted outwardly as disaffiliation- projecting one’s own vulnerability onto others and taking instrumental steps to assure their vulnerability- thereby feeling a false sense and but temporary personal security at the other’s expense. There are many other physiological dysfunctional supports which require additional research. Thus the physical symptoms are not simply correlates, they are sources of disruption and ill health, as with the dentist who having found he had aids, knowingly infected a number of his patients. We will all benefit from bringing those infected with many forms of illness into immunologically based recovery and peaceful wellbeing. I’m a visiting scholar at Stanford this year working on a peace/physically related educationally based recovery program for individuals which is predicted to manifest outwardly to others, other life forms and the environment. Recovery brings with it a life affirming caring for others and other life forms.

    • kathiemm says:

      Dear Gregory, Thank you for your thoughtful comments regarding racialopathy and its cure. I particularly resonated to your suggestion that racialopathy involves “projecting one’s own vulnerability onto others and taking instrumental steps to assure their vulnerability- thereby feeling a false sense and but temporary personal security at the other’s expense.” It is also encouraging to learn that work is being done on recovery programs that can lead to a “life affirming caring for others and other life forms.” Thank you.

  5. Barbara says:

    When Donald Trump is interviewed by reporters, he consistently claims that he is the least racist person in the world of politics. If he would put a generous portion of his wealth toward the goal of promoting tolerance for all members of our society, he might indeed help the country down a road to tranquility and peace. Wouldn’t that be refreshing! I, for one, am not going to hold my breath while waiting for this miraculous conversion to take place.

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