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In his book The Denial of Death, Ernest Becker claims that fear of death leads to violence because it is the attempt to deny our own worthlessness, through an 'imagined' heroic act, that paints us white and the other person as black. Could this explain all the attacks we suffer at the hands of others and our own outraged responses to such attacks as opposed to laughing them off and interpreting them more mildly as jokes or just neutral comments? (See my paper in Members Article forum, under 'Prejudice or Progress?', for fuller attempt to grasp this particular nettle).

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