La haine attire la haine, hate attracts hate in English, is a saying spoken in the 1995 French movie La haine. The movie put a magnifying glass to the Parisian lower cost housing projects, the French government’s over policing of the neighbourhood and the resulting chaos from the poverty and crime that sprung up due to less access to economic opportunities.
I grew up in a family with siblings. Often we had moments when the siblings closest in age would have passionate shows of sibling rivalry and jealousy, those moments only cooled down when a parent mediated and set the wrong sibling right through a punishment or a stern talking to. If you have had a sibling, you have an idea of those times when you felt like your sibling was the worst thing in your world due to conflict. While if you are like most people, you were not allowed to harbour those feelings until they developed into a hatred that would follow you into adulthood. In some families, the feelings of jealousy and dislike are given a fertile ground to grow into by parents and other adults who seem to take the side of one child, even if that child is the wrong one in many instances, or parents who mete out equal punishments no matter who was wrong. This results in adult siblings who cannot be seen in a place together, an uncle and aunt who are placed at different tables for family occasions and so forth.
Hatred comes from a place where people are not willing to address a wrong and to seek resolution after. Like a chain reaction, hatred can go on and on like in the case of siblings, through their children and children’s children. The parents or adults might not have thought of it as favouring a child when they took a side, they might not even have consciously chosen a side, they might have been too tired to notice that the quiet child was constantly punished for the actions of the more verbal child without finding out if the more verbal child was telling the truth or vice versa.
La haine is a movie that depicts the lives of three young males who have witnessed the worst violence in their own community and the violence that comes from the government. This turns them into disillusioned young men, with no where to turn to. They choose the violence of their streets to counter the violence of their government when one of their own is brutalised by the police. The government is like the parent in my first point, and the siblings are the people/factions in La haine, the opposing gangs and police. The government being like the parents, are not at all interested in resolution but they want peace and quiet and if they have to pick a side or use violence to maintain that peace and quiet, they will. This leaves the siblings/groups in a battle for dominance and the hatred multiplies more each day.
On Friday the 15th of March 2019, a heavily armed man, a self-proclaimed white supremacist walked into two mosques in the city of Christchurch in New Zealand and killed forty-nine worshipers and wounded countless others. The aftermath of the terrorist attack left people speechless and an outpouring of well wishes followed. One viral statement made by a journalist in the neighbouring Australia put things in perspective. Waleed Aly, the Australian journalist who was reluctant at first to address the attacks, had this to say, “While I appreciate the words our leaders have said today… I have something to ask. Don’t change your tune now because the terrorism seems to be coming from a white supremacist. If you’ve been talking about being tough on terrorism for years and the communities that allegedly support it, then show us how tough you are now,” he said. He went on to list the several cases of anti-Islam statements made by officials. He went on to say, “Now we understand that this is not a game, terrorism doesn’t choose its victims selectively, that we are one community and everything we say to try and tear people apart, demonize particular groups, set them against each other— that all has consequences, even if we’re not the ones with our fingers on the trigger.”
Waleed Ally’s statement spoke of how leaders, be it religious, political or traditional, often are the ones who have fuelled hatred on a mass scale by what they say and through their actions or inaction. This can be done subtly at first by favouring one group (often the one they belong to) through policies and laws and end up with them making official statements that dehumanize the other groups. We are just like two young siblings at the end of the day, we have misunderstandings and instead of the people who are in charge to treat the misunderstanding fairly, there has been a favoured child. The child who is unfairly treated takes this as any child would, they will start to hate their favoured sibling. The favoured child will know that they can do anything without punishment, so they will get away with all manner of misbehaviour, their hate attracts hate.
The character of Hubert in La haine has a moment of clarity when he makes the statement la haine attire la haine. It is almost like he wants to change his life around because every side is going to ensure his demise; this is proven when he sees his friend Vinz gunned down in front of him. The scene, though not a good end to the characters’ story in my opinion, brings forth the point of la haine attire la haine, the one who suffers the most in this case is the person who is caught between the fighting. The police and gang fighting have real casualties and how all the hatred that is churned out daily into communities will not stay contained in one area, it will always be taken in by the ones who are watching, the impressionable minds, the younger generation who inherit this hatred and they will take it a step further.
Hatred attracts hatred, is a factual statement. From history to pop cultural moments like the movies ‘La haine’ and ‘The hate you give’, it is clear to see and follow the points that artists are making in the fight against hate. It is also easy to find solutions that put a Band-Aid on hate, and it is easier to spread more hate in the process. Understanding that we are in this together like Waleed Aly said, will get us to a place where we watch how we latch on to politicians who are quick to generalise entire populations based on individuals in that population. It will help us to curb hatred. Hatred will attract hatred until the wise parent in our leaders and us correct a wrong or divisive statement before it snowballs into an uncontrollable fire.
This is a beautiful write up that delve into the truth most ignored. Well done
Wow….I had a busy day and it took 01am to remember that I needed to read this. Its a beauty lovely. Write up this story, its amazing.
This was a great read. Almost feel like it ended too soon
Thank you for reading.
I really like it, the content is spot on and we’ll written!
Woow, I really like it👍
This spoke volumes to me! Everyone needs to hear and really listen what is happening! I hope many others will have the opportunity to read this beautifully written article! Love can be taught as easily as Hatred..thank you for this wonderful insight!!
Thank you for reading.
This was great!
WOW!! A good article that hits the nail on the head!! Deal with the source of hatred or the whole community suffers in the end.
Insightful article. It delves deeper into the human understanding of how hatred spread.
This is a profound piece that does what good writing should do – provokes the reader into questioning their own attitudes and assumptions.
Thank you for reading.
Very well written… It’s beautiful..
Wow I enjoyed reading this
This is amazing love
Indeed we should have love instead
Good article Fiske. Insightful.
Great stuff here.
Well researched piece appeals to all humanity
It is a wonderful write up.
I wish politicians can take up this stance…then Riots, crashes between political parties and other forms of violent counter reactions would have minimized.
Well articulated, indeed; hatred attracts hatred and grows into something destructive if not attended to.
Nice piece of work, keep it up
This is beautiful…
Deep and insightful. Too much hate is bringing division and conflicts in our world. An amazing article, Fiske
Interesting write up, beautiful read.
Indeed, hatred attracts even greater acts of hatred.
Good one, Fiske.
Well written. I agree with the point of view on police brutality. Instead of ending violence, it fuels more hatred. Lets hope for gun regulation and demilitarization.
Thank you for reading. It only takes a generation to change things around. It will happen.
Graceful masterpiece. Exquisitely crafted.
Hate and the fruits it produce. This beautifully written, and deep. Welldone.
This a well written and informative piece.
Nice write up, Fiske. Insightful!
A thoughtful, well written article that applies to communities and people anywhere in the world. Hatred attracts hatred – but love conquers all.
Thank you for reading. Love coupled with justice which is an actnof love too will conquer all.
Well articulated because hatred has done no good to everyone’s society
Beautiful piece of work…
wow…. this is beautiful well written. keep it up
Beautifully written. Thought invoking. Love it!
This is nice,go on .This article has the benefit quality on society.
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this z powerfu article , real life issues..keep it up..I hop our leader parents can oso read n learn somthn.
Wow…very written, beautful article
This is beautifully written.
Thank you, it means a lot coming from you.
This is well written, well done miss
Great article. Thank you for tackling these important issues and making us reflect on how we raise our families and our citizens.
Beautifully articulated.. Well done fiske
An amazing film and a very interesting review.
“Hatred comes from a place where people are not willing to address a wrong,” sometimes yes, but also from a lack of sophistication, lack of understanding, or even from misdirection.
A very interesting point about this film are the three main characters, “a black guy, a Jew, and an Arab,” this movie was also about friends and maybe some hope.
Great point Joanne, and the misdirection and lack of understanding comes from a place of being looked at as other too.
La Haine had some themes that I also saw in The Hate U Give movie. Have you seen it? Though it catered to a younger audience so it wasn’t as deep as La Haine.
Very well crafted.
Well articulated article
I found this article interesting and insightful. It is well written and empathetic.
Hatred is not the way. Just because one individual/terrorising group makes a bad decision and/or acts upon them does NOT mean a whole group/ nation of people (religious/political/colour ect) can be subject to that persons decisions and condemned because of them.
Well articulated stuff… Keep it up
Beautiful! Love “Hatred attracts Hatred!”
Great article expresses truth. Well done
Very interesting article. Well written!
While I personally am not fond of likening leaders to parents – leaders should, in my opinion, reflect the will of the people, the point made of leaders setting the tone is a good one. Hatred accomplishes nothing but harm and this thoughtful article addresses a complex & difficult issue in society today.
While our leaders in most nations have this image likened to that of parents it wasn’t in my thinking and I don’t believe that too. I wanted to draw an analogy between parents and leaders to get a point across of picking and choosing sides when both their purposes are to be neutral in their jobs. I see your point though.
This is so profound…so true
Beautiful writing and commendable sentiment on the crucial topic of public health by an industry professional!
This is an insightful post about media I’m not yet familiar with, but important for me to think about. Thank you.
Great article, Fiske. And very apt in the current political and social climate; we could all use a reminder to turn off the hate.
Thank you for reading Mbozi. It applies to every corner of the world now. Scary but sobering.
This is a beautiful piece. Talking about something that appears simple but very important
Glad to have learned something new 😊
Thank you for reading.
Enjoyed and will definitely be watching La haine!
Thank you for reading. Enjoy watching too.
Hate does indeed attract hate. A thought-provoking piece.
Good writing, this needs to get out there!! Harsh truth!!
Well done girl looking forward to more reads the sky is not the limit you will go far and beyond the sky
Thank you for always reading Chisha. 💜
I LOVE this! The analogy on siblings and gangs/cops was so great and true. Makes me want to write a story about this.
Thank you for reading Rei. I’ll be happy to be your beta reader when you are done.
Very insightful. So much truth in it.
Well, thought out article!
Well thought out article
Your writing is amazing and easy to follow
Wow! So powerful and moving. Your writing is spot on. Thanks for sharing.
An analogy of unfathomable depth with terrific observation and analysis! Good job.
Thank you for reading and taking a moment.
Insightful analysis of the topic and beautifully written.
Very thought-provoking and well-written article. The sibling rivalry section is particularly interesting- I think also in the classroom, workplace or any environment where there is favouritism resulting in wrongdoing going unpunished then hatred will be generated and spread. Great piece of work in a world where we need more kindness
Beautiful article.I shall definitely share it
This is really awesome! 👌🏼 Beautiful piece!
Love the statement: Hatred atracts hate. And I wll add: Love atracta love
Awesome read, thank you!
Great piece. Very astute observations.
This is an engaging read.
This is really good. I feel like it really highlights problems causing our society to crumble. Keep up the the good work 🙌🙌🙌
A must share… the world needs unconditional love and integrity
Wow! This is awesome!
Great piece serah. Very insightful.
Great stuff love
this is truly beautiful fiske. 😩❤
Thank you for reading Riley. ❤
It’s been so long since I watched “La Haine.” Such an interesting look into how it is increasingly relevant at this time.
Well written…I like it
This is a master piece, a well written work. She is just unique in her own way.
Great one! Loved it!
This is a beautiful piece
Very well written and informative
It addresses an issue we are all dealing with in one way or the other starting in our homes and various areas of influence
Good writing. Very insightful.
I won’t lie I totally forgot to read it but I set an alarm because I knew this was important to you and I have to say that it was worth the read. It’s very well written and I genuinely enjoyed it.