The Brainwashed Prejudices Taught to Society As A Means to Suppress

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Unconscious Discrimination

How often have you heard the term “I am not prejudiced!” In today’s society that is commonplace whereas a whole we have been taught or some may say brainwashed into believing that we do not see others differences. I am here to say that is wrong. Whether it be race, religion, disability, sexual preference or any other difference people notice. That is not to mean that one may openly discriminate against a person who is different but subtleties can speak louder than words. Through that same brainwashing those that are discriminated against learn to internally turn against themselves. Well that sounds absurd, who would be that silly to discriminate themselves. That is the key to brainwashing because it is so crafty that they don’t even realize they have done it.

Racial Brainwashing

This is the best place to start. With all the recent tragedies that has occurred in our country in the name of racial differences I couldn’t imagine not addressing this widespread subject.

This is the ultimate brainwashing scam that many have no clue that they have even fell into this trap.

Begin by questioning yourself, where else is there extreme poverty and “projects” in cities and who is widely populating those “projects.” Blacks, I would answer. Where do you think “projects” originated? This was a grand master plan by the government to assist impoverished people. Why are they named “projects.” That is a question many have pondered. Have you ever noticed the shape and material used to build these housing areas. Often they are made of brick and are in the shape of a large square with a courtyard in the center. Look like prison at all to anyone? Why is the courtyard in the center? Quite possibly to keep those that live in these buildings inside and away from civilization. Well projects were just the beginning of the racial brainwashing in the “free world.”

I have heard some say, “slavery is over, and they have every opportunity everyone else has.” Is that so? Have you been to the schools that serve these kids in the projects? I can tell you that they find teachers who is willing to work in some of these tough areas. Frequently those are newly credentialed teachers or those that have been unsuccessful finding jobs elsewhere. Now look at their teaching materials – poor schools receive most of their materials as a last ditch effort. These are books that may be 10 or 20 years old. Some are copies of books since they cannot actually obtain the books. These children are already starting behind. So you can see where the mentality begins to grow, they become the lost children of the world left in their subliminal prison they call home in the projects.

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The Use of Slang

This is a language used by most, it shows endearment to those who are conversing. Slang is a way that people can relate and that they felt understood by a group of like individuals. Though the language is another unknowingly way that people are brainwashed. Think of some slang words. I’ll go after the big one – the “N” word. Tracking back to slavery days this was a word that stung every time it rolled off the slave owners tongue. As a way to take back the pain Blacks began using it amongst themselves as slang. Yes how it rolls off the tongue is different and meant to separate from previous demeaning intentions, but it still carries a message of being beneath others. This term isn’t one used as endearment to your mother and it surely not intended to greet a potential boss on an interview. Though it does send a message that my lifestyle may not work in the corporate field. Once again falling ignorantly into the brainwashing.

Slang also affects how women are viewed. Think of the “B” word. That is thrown around like a new tennis ball. Another word historically used as a way to degrade women, though is now picked up and used carelessly. Women refer to themselves as a “B.” You might ask, what is going on. That is ultimately saying I have lost all taste or class for myself. Also, gives the impression that you don’t have tact and therefore it is acceptable to treat you like the “B” you claim to be.

Those are terms that the young have used as weapons against themselves. It is truly sad that our youth have now created internal “projects” as the environmental ones did not hold everyone in.

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The Hand That No Longer Suppresses

In today’s society the brainwashing is so cunning and slick that one has no clue that they are holding their own head under water. Without even knowing the plan, racists and bigots all over the world have lifted their hands initially used to suppress the people. Now they have created the worst travesty of them all, they taught people how to suppress themselves. Kids that grow up in the projects are taught a different rhythm than other children. They see the lack of opportunity, and if needed someone in their neighborhood will surely tell them how they lack opportunity. They learn to trade one concrete jungle for another. Our Black youth are taught that opportunity has surpassed or does not include them. This has become the ultimate brainwashing scheme. It has to be taught that in fact Blacks and other minorities have the same opportunity as others if they only believe in themselves. Believing is most of the battle. Hope is not taught in the projects but survival is. Many Blacks have made it out of the projects and become very successful. That is ironic – I mention, “made it out,” which depicts how hard it is to get away from the concrete projects the government created to keep the people in. Far to often it is believed that one can never leave but it is possible when one stops teaching themselves to drown and allow the body to just float, as it naturally knows how. When it is said, “you have the same opportunities as anyone else,” that is true but one must believe that it is true.

How To End Self-Suppression

As a people we have to stop pointing fingers at racism and learn to work together. If we teach the people how to live and not survive then harmony can be one day restored. Society has taught those in poor communities to live like animals and what do animals do when they feel endangered – fight. That is what we are seeing all over the news in Missouri. People are fighting to survive. No I do not agree with the tactics but when all else is unknown or failed the animalistic nature comes out and one must fight to survive. How disturbing is that to recognize that as a society we have pushed our own to the point of fighting their way out of a corner.

Again we can blame and point fingers but that really doesn’t help. We have to educate our people – they do what they know because they don’t know another way. Think about what surrounds the projects or ghetto areas – liquor stores. Are there many businesses in these areas, nope. Why is that? There are many reasons that I am not going to explore at this moment but it is clear that we have to help clean up those communities – we helped to build them.

Appealing to the people for change is the only way. Possibly offering incentives to attend school. Rallying to get up to date learning materials. Providing incentives for good teachers or more money to these school districts. The affluent school districts get most of the funds and the poorer districts get the leftovers – that can be changed. Also appealing to the adults of the communities. Possibly relocating the adult schools to these areas or having the adult schools visit these areas. Teach the adults basic life skills like cooking, cleaning, paying bills, and how to have good credit. Employ other organizations like Big Brother Big Sister’s. Find some incentive program to reduce drug sales and use in those neighborhoods. Overall teach people how to believe in themselves and how to have pride in who they are.

All this may sound truly optimistic but it takes the power of the people to make change. Martin Luther King, Jr. didn’t imagine fighting so tirelessly to free his people and gain equality to in fact teach them to imprison themselves. That was not the message. Lets change how we view ourselves and become the people of a new generation – one to be proud of and one that believe in themselves.

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word55 2 years ago from Chicago

Hello mdscoggins, I admire your writing and reminding us of wonderful human beings, legends and goodness of other people. Just like you cannot do anything to make someone love you, you cannot do anything to make someone not hate or dislike you. Racism is something that we all need to accept that exists and should let God deal with the vengeance for having it. In the meantime, let us love one another. Thank you however, for this hub presentation.


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mdscoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA Author

It does exist but I feel that empowering people can reduce how much racism controls those afflicted by it.


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word55 2 years ago from Chicago

Remember, MLKing fought for equality and justice for all people, not just for one, two or three races. President Kennedy did the same as well as did other legends. The things fought for were to encompass racism as well. You cannot stop people from hating whether the victims are empowered or not.


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mdscoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA Author

Very true, it is more important to empower because hate will continue to exist.


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word55 2 years ago from Chicago

Okay, I support you. :-).


HSchneider 2 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

Excellent Hub, Mdscoggins. I agree that we must definitely address and confront racism on all levels. Too often we hide our heads and ignore it. Then incidents such as Ferguson occur and everyone is shocked. The light of day and talking about these issues is the only way to combat racism. Both overt and structural.


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mdscoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA Author

Thank you HSchneider for the comment. I totally agree how overt and structural racisms affect all of society and must be challenged.


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Che Rogers 2 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

This is an excellent hub. I do think we have the power to change the negative mindset of the world. It's funny when you see people say you can never get rid of racism or you can never do anything to stop it yet they forget that it took an indoctrination of hate and prejudice for people to start being racist and hateful. If we can learn to be hateful and racist then we can learn to be tolerant and loving. Those who think it's a pointless battle are too lazy to work at such a beautiful goal. Just saying i can't or it can't happen is instant defeat. The main issue is the miseducation that has gone on for centuries if not millenia that has ingrained in many how one culture or group is better or less than. We stopped seeing the world for what it truly was and allowed conquerors and dictators strong arm us into believing their viewpoint of history and the world. The modern day conquerors use media and other facets to paint a picture that many people of color are savages and fools to keep this mindset going and it's preventing mankind from progressing in a positive way.

I appreciate you taking the time to write this hub. Very insightful.


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mdscoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA Author

Thank you Che for your response!! I wholeheartedly agree that the media depicts the prejudices and fallacies that they want to reinforce. I recognize minority roles and how they are used to ingrain the mentality of being less than as you said. Empowering people to turn against the grain and see the power that they have will certainly change the focus of today's hate in the world :)


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Che Rogers 2 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

I agree!


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

How the heck did I miss this? I'm sorry it took me so long to show up to the party. It certainly wasn't an intentional snub.

Racism...prejudice....I was in college from '66 to '70...marched in the marches....saw the horrors of prejudice firsthand in Louisiana as a volunteer for VISTA. We've come a long way, but we have a long way still to go. I don't think prejudice is as obvious today, but I still think it is at epidemic levels, lurking in closets and whispered about in private conversations....so we need to raise awareness, as you have, and keep fighting the good fight.

Thank you for writing this.


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mdscoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA Author

Thanks Bill, certainly no ill thoughts :) Yes we have disguised prejudices so that they are less overt but none the less destructive and painful.

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