Human Beliefs In John Latham's In Cold Blood

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To begin, humans act violently due to their perspective and beliefs. In the book In Cold Blood, Latham goes on a killing spree with his partner York due to their hatred of the world. “‘It’s a rotten world,’ Latham said. ‘There’s no answer to it but meanness. That’s all anybody understands— meanness’” Unlike York, Latham did not grow up in a “comfortable home life” and was instead disowned by both his parents after their separation. In result of being forced to survive on his own at a young age without any money, Latham grew to view the world as unpleasant. Latham’s perspective of the world eventually lead him into believing humans would be better off dead. Unlike Latham, the Ku Klux Klan does not believe everyone is better off dead. In fact, their motive for violence is a product of their belief that white is the superior race. A Ku Klux Klan member stated, “‘Nothing makes us more proud at the KKK than we see white patriots such as James Fields Jr, age 20, taking his car and running over nine communist anti-fascist ... James Fields hail victory’” (The Huffington Post). Despite the fact the Ku Klux Klan did not directly kill Heather Heyer, the terrorist organization, as well as the other terrorist organizations at the white supremacist rally, is responsible for the Charlottesville accident for inciting violence. The Ku Klux Klan has a history of using violence in the name of preserving a white dominant society. Today, the Ku Klux Klan continues to use violence towards

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