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prejudice

No reasonable man would ever think of himself, let alone describe himself, as 'prejudiced'. Surely we all believe that we ourselves are rational and even enlightened: that our own knee-jerk reactions spring from serene debate.
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Delusion. Prejudice is too noble a word for a rag-bag of unfounded, unquestioned, almost superstitious opinions and beliefs. No judgment is involved, however often the word because may be invoked.

Beware of plurals
Think twice before using plurals or the pronoun they. Even someone who would say "Gypsies, eh! horse-coping and fortune-telling's all they're good for" might think twice about saying "I suppose you've come to sell me a clothes-peg" when introduced to an individual Romany. Prejudice colours one person's view of a group.
Not who, but when
Strive to banish the thoughtless phrase "I hate people who …" Approval, disapproval, hate or enthusiastic acceptance – the reaction is your choice, but generally suspect if you are lumping individuals together; yes, you're using a plural. Try "I hate it when someone …" instead, then laugh at yourself for being so touchy.

Prejudice demeans you if you are its puppet, damages you if you are its victim.

Miracle solutions? none. Long hard slog and a chance of improvement? yes. We have to educate ourselves out of indifference. Face the past and see what horrors prejudice has led to, face the present and resolve to meet every individual as just that.


This page is dedicated to an e-cquaintance who spoke to me honestly; I owe him my thanks. Now I know someone who has suffered because of prejudice, I have to wonder what else I've failed to see. Stand firm, Chaz.