Racist Attitudes: Still Alive and Well in the South
Not ignorance, stupidity. I live in the Southern United States. I was born in Canada, a fairly liberal country. Canada calls itself multicultural, multilingual, and boasts the highest per capita immigration rate in the world. Accusing someone of racism in Canada would be a serious disparagement. Seriously, I would take that as a big insult.
I found some local stories (Mississippi and surrounding states). I suggest looking at the stories first.
I was perusing the local news when I found this: Louisiana http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/15/interracial-couple-denied_n_322784.html
This article really made my blood boil. This man actually defends his explanation of why he refused to marry the individuals stated in the article. How in the world did this guy get elected into public office? If you read the article you will find that his excuse is that he is worried about the struggles children of interracial couples will face. What is he worried about? His parents weren't interracial and look how he turned out.
Here is a very disturbing story. This place isn't far from where I live. The local news aired this story: Mississippi http://www.wdam.com/global/story.asp?s=11332821
I had no idea that they still did this stuff. Especially in a predominantly black state. This could have gotten ugly. I apologize there used to be a some footage associated with the above article now when I test the link it is not there any more. It was quite disturbing.
Prejudices and Preconcieved Notions
Mississippi is a beautiful state. I know many intelligent, and spiritually gifted people. What a shame that these hateful people grabbed the headlines instead of someone or something positive or inspirational. The media gave these haters exactly what they wanted; headlines, and attention. What do you think people are going to remember when they see clips like this coming out of Mississippi? This gives everyone preconceived notions about Mississippians. How can we combat prejudice and racism when the media bombards us with these images. I know that news reporting can't be all roses and sunshine, not in the real world anyway. Prejudices based on preconceived adverse judgements put people at great disadvantages.
I know we are all guilty of preconceived notions. When we go on a trip abroad aren't we filled with preconceived notions of what we are going to see on our travels? In that case not a bad thing. When you think of a Canadian what do you think? Any notions of what a Canadian is like? When you think of Mississippi what do you think? I had no idea there was a state named Mississippi; I thought it was just the name of the river. Which was kind of ignorant, I think.
I am going to surmise that pre-conceived notions can be beneficial or harmful. Prejudices are biased preconceived notions that can be harmful. Nothing will stop these crazy hate mongers if we keep giving them their due. I used these news articles as examples. Am I guilty of spreading their hate too? As a caucasian female I have not been openly discriminated against nor a victim of hate. As a human being I have the ability to empathize, and speak up for myself and others. Use your voice for difference.
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