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In my anger over outrage / hurt I've suffered, I may single out a person or group to blame. (Note: scapegoating often involves discriminating by unfairly blaming others for some (real or imagined) offense. It happens at all levels: from sport fans blaming a player for a loss, to parents targeting an unwanted child, to prejudiced people targeting someone whose looks, skin color, or sexual orientation they don't like, to organized groups committing hate crimes, to nation states targeting whole populations for genocide. Some scapegoaters are racists; some are bigots; some are misogynists; some just insecure childish adults.) 

More Information About This Worldview Theme

a heart WV Theme...

...individual <---> individual

the theme is paired with: #32B Culture of Tolerance  to make Choice #24  in the Choices We Make cards 

this theme as presented in older version of theme structure:   version 2.0    version 3.0         is this theme new to version 4?--new name

click to look at the Project Worldview Cultural Literacy Encyclopedia Related Words, Beliefs, Background articles for the above choice 

 Project Worldview authored discussion, Worldview Watch related issues, songs, etc.  

Discussion from The Worldview Literacy Book Songs
Worldview Watch #73, posted 6/28/2023 Battles Over Twisting Love into Hate
Worldview Watch issue #48, posted 3/04/2016 How what Trump is saying resonates with the worldview of those who vote for him
Worldview Watch issue #47: posted 12/21/2015, "Paris, France and How Big and Majestic is Your Conception of God?" 
Worldview Watch issue #38, posted 5/16/2014 "Connecting September 11, 2001 to Worldview Themes"
Worldview Watch issue #18: Categorizing, Name Calling, Scapegoats, Obama and Soros
"How the Political Winds Shift in An Ugly Direction: Scapegoating: Building Hate Starts with Dehumanizing and Distortion—An Example"  by S. P. Cook

Wikipedia articles related to this theme:

  hate speech Scapegoating  dehumanization
discrimination prejudice Online Shaming
Shame White Supremacy Hate crime
Racism Anti-Semitism Genocide
Witch Hunt racial segregation  The Holocaust
Anti-LGBT Rhetoric Hotel Rwanda (highly acclaimed film explores genocide, political corruption, and the repercussions of violence / blaming Tutsis The Promise--film about the Armenian genocide
Xenophobia misogyny hatred
Great Replacement White genocide conspiracy theory  

 worldview internal inconsistency related: Strongly valuing this theme and any of the themes in the list below is a contradiction:

#1A   Humbly Unsure    #10   Secular Humanism        #14B Moral Arc of Universe/Karma/Reincarnation #16B   The Golden Rule, Village Ethic of Mutual Help  
#18B Rational, Dispassionate   #28B Healthy Orientation #29A   The Self Restrained Person    #30    Imagination, Curiosity, Intellectual Freedom    
#32A  Valuing Human Rights     #38   Love As Family Glue   #42   Ethical Orientation #102A Conscientious, Efficient Stewardship
#102B Easy-Going, Disorderly, Cavalier #103B Celebrating Team Accomplishments #202B Relaxed, Generous, Loving #203B Egalitarian Progressive

More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #39B: Blaming / Scapegoating

"Defining the Problem: The Internet as a Tool for Hate"  (12 page post on Partners Against Hate website) 
Daily Stormer (neo-Nazi, anti-Semitic, "the leading extremist website in the country") (website "Exposing Communists in US Govt")
Aryan Nations (website preaching "they must be exterminated"}
Pan Aryan National Front 
Poisoning the Web: Hatred Online (from Law Enforcement Agency Resource Network)
A Policy Maker's Guide to Hate Crimes (U.S. Dept. of Justice publication online)
Scapegoat Theory
Links: Scapegoating
Scapegoating Research & Remedies (from The Scapegoat Society)
Scapegoat    (from
Scapegoating -- from Political Research Associates
Scapegoating Groups (an essay)
Scapegoating and Psychodynamics
Scapegoating of Youth (from the National Youth Rights Organization)
Disliking Others Without Valid Reasons: Prejudice
"Hate machine: Social media platforms pushing antisemitic recommendations" by Jessica Guynn and Will Carless (USA Today report August 17 2023)
"'Active club' hate groups are growing in the U.S. — and making themselves seen" by Odette Yousef (story from NPR July 12 2023)
Weaponization of disgust to incite violence  by Bryn Nelson (Scientific American post Nov 5 2022)
India--Playing with Fire (report from The Economist January 15 2022)
Fear and Loathing / Hate in the Homeland ( review of related books from The Economist December 12 2020 )
Life of a Klansman by Edward Ball book review  by Matthew Teague (from The Guardian September 19 2020)
"A Global Threat" by Charlie Campbell (white supremacist attacks feature story in Time April 1 2019)
"The Making of an American Nazi" by Luke O’Brien (article in Dec 2017 The Atlantic)
The Year in Hate and Extremism by Mark Potok  (Southern Poverty Law Center Feb 15 2017 report)
The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker by Katherine J. Cramer (more on this 2016 book at Amazon)
Wheaton professor’s suspension is about anti-Muslim bigotry, not theology By Miroslav Volf  (opinion piece Washington Post  Dec 17 2015)
"Classifying Acts of Evil--Naming the Unspeakable"  (article from The Economist April 18 2015)
"The Gay Divide: Victories for Gay Rights Provoke Backlash Elsewhere" (article from The Economist Oct 11 2014)

"Jewish leaders fear online surge of Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' fuels new wave of hate" by Joshua Miller (Jan 16 2014 story on Fox News)

Hate Mail: Anti-Semitism on Picture Postcards by Salo Aizenberg (more on this 2013 book)

The Scapegoat Generation: America's War on Adolescents by Mike A. Males (more on this 1996 book)

Task Force for International Co-operation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance, and Research
FBI Hate Crimes Report (CNN news story, Nov 23 2009)
"Neo-Nazis in North Dakota: A Racist Mob of Two" (article from The Economist December 21 2013)
"New York Police Arrest Woman for Subway 'Hate Crime' Killing"  (Dec 29 2012 BBC News item)
Hate and Extremism (as reported and monitored by the Southern Poverty Law Center)
Against Violent Extremism ("to identify and apply common solutions to the problem of violent extremism")
UU Minister on Curses and Scapegoats (Sep 2011 article by Unitarian Universalist minister Michelle Bates Deakin)
"The Dangers of Demonology"  (article on hatred of bankers in the Jan 7 2012 issue of The Economist)
A Lethal Obsession: Anti-Semitism by Robert Wisrich (Washington Post review of this 2010 book)
Ararat (July 2002 New York Times review of movie about Armenian genocide)
"Chinese Immigration and the Chinese Exclusion Acts--1866-1898" (article on US State Dept. History website)
quotes embracing anti-semitism
quotes related to prejudice
quotes related to hatred

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from Coming of Age in the Global Village,  by Stephen P. Cook,  with Donella H. Meadows.