Where prejudices and rascism comes from

We all have some kind of prejudice, it’s an inborn thing. You can even see it in the smallest most innocent child. For example the first time in a grocery store or shopping mall when they see someone that looks different than they do, whether it be color or handicapped, extemely short or massively tall; They stare!!

What happens after that and the education the child gets at those moments is what seeds forever the prejudices they grow up with. Children are not born with these attitudes and stereotypes about other people. They learn values and beliefsfrom their families, peers, teachers and media.

Prejudice is inclusive of several different types of threats or fears: the expectation that the other will do one harm; the perception that the different worldview of the other will create challenges to one’s own; the presumption that interaction will lead to embarrassment, rejection, or ridicule; and the generation of fear of negative consequences as a result of negative stereotypes (Stephan’s threat theory)

Some Things Don’t Change
The following song is from a musical play called South Pacific.
It was written more than 50 years ago. The words — most often called
lyrics — are by Oscar Hammerstein, II. There is music for these lyrics
written by Richard Rogers.

In many ways, the world has changed a lot in
the last 50 years, and in other ways it hasn’t changed at all.

You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught
You’ve got to be taught to hate and fear,
You’ve got to be taught from year to year,
It’s got to be drummed in your dear little ear,
You’ve got to be carefully taught.
You’ve got to be taught to be afraid
Of people whose eyes are oddly made
And people whose skin is a different shade,
You’ve got to be carefully taught.
You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late
Before you are six or seven or eight
To hate all the people your relatives hate
You’ve got to be carefully taught
You’ve got to be carefully taught.
©1949 Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein
In today’s society there are many different cultures, nationalities, races. It is sometimes hard to cope with the fact that there are people out there who look, act, talk differently from yourself…It’s a very different world now. We travel we meet people and we form our own opinions about things. The youth of today have come a long way in their way of thinking that their parents and their parents tried to instill in them.

Do not let others plant seeds of prejudice within you. Think it through for yourself. I’m sure the people that know you most, don’t know you totally and completely, so it’s impossible for you to pre-judge someone that you know not at all~Welk


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