Professor James Cone of Union Theological Seminary proposes that self hatred is a root cause of urban violence and suggests a role for churches. From WXXInews in Rochester, NY:
A professor of Christian theology at Union Theology Seminary in New York City says urban violence is an effect of self-hatred — something churches should work to help address. Dr. James Cone says having dignity makes all the difference.
“Self-hate causes people to do mean and harmful things to the community and to themselves,” Cone says “So loving yourself is very important in order for you to protect yourself and also for you to see yourself connected with other affairs.”
h/t to John Clinton Bradley