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The Psychology of Cognitive Dissonance and Racism

What happened in Charlottesville this past weekend brought up a lot of feelings for me: anger, sadness, worry, shock, disgust, and feelings I am still trying to identify. There are so many things I have been discussing with family, friends, and co-workers: why the president of our nation took two days to condemn these human hate groups, but only two minutes to condemn a man who quit his counsel over “personal conscious”, why articles include headlines that say “1 dead in protest”, rather than draw attention to why a human being lost their life, and even the fact that these hate groups exist nationwide. I could write papers on all of these aspects of the event and aftermath, and even more; in

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