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Why People Are Predjudice

Updated on March 8, 2012

Children raised with love, will share their love. Children who witness violence become violent. Children who see kindness are kind and caring. Parents are their children's first teachers. They learn from their parents behavior. Parents who are loving, caring, nurturing reflect a well round and for the most part happy. Parents who bicker, argue, yell or scream will either have a child who fearful the violence will escalate or they a child who behaves in the same manner. The parents who are critical, making rude comments, expressing prejudice feelings based off the color of a person's skin, their religious beliefs, damning ethnic groups, singling out middle eastern people because of 911. This kind behavior creates the same kind of hatred and critical thoughts. They are teaching their children to be prejudiced, to treat others with disdain. They believe that only the white belong.

The terrorists from other countries are a prime example of what teaching hatred does, we see on tv or hear on the news the horrendous car bombings, they are an extreme example of prejudice. What about the white supremacy groups who feel that only the white race is superior than any other. This is one of America's extreme examples, the other is the KKK Ku Klux Klan. The KKK isn't as prevalent as they were prior to the late 60's. I don't believe our country is as bad as they were back then yet, I do believe that prejudiced still exists at different levels. There are the men who still of the mind set that a women can't perform the same job as good as or better than a man. Hillary proved them wrong. Then those close minded people, religious leaders and preachers who judge others for their sexual preference. What about what the Porto Rican's experienced when they first came to America. The Asian's and Cambodian's share that experience as well. What about the judgement teenagers see based on the color of their hair, the type of makeup and clothes they wear.

What happened to all men were created equal? I thought only God had the right to judge. What happened? Did he come down one day to give them the right to judge? Damn I missed that visit. Why don't we try to accept everyone as what they are, humans. Of course, all the forms we've had to fill out over the years doesn't help the cause, there's always that area, white, hispanic, asian, black. i always check the other box and write in human, because that's what I am. What should it matter. Why is it necessary to base what grants a school, city or town receives based on the nationality of the students, parents, teachers and residents. Our country, our government both federal, state, city and towns that allow this are teaching prejudiced themselves. They are just as guilty as the parents, they've all taught prejudice behavior.

This is really a sad state of affairs our country is in and we really need to work making changes. Does anyone have any ideas?


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      Dennis L. Page 5 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      I read this story with great interest and also being a person who experienced segregation here in the States. As a 7 year old boy, while shopping in a major department store in the state of Georgia, I was lifted by the collar of my shirt and shaken like a rag doll by the store's security guard. "Are you stupid boy?" he barked at me. You see, as a white child I was drinking out of a water fountain clearly labeled, "Coloreds only." Here I was raised to think water was water. Silly me.

      I was raised in a loving and accepting home and so were my children. When my oldest daughter was 4 we filled up her kiddy pool on a hot summer day. The 2 little rich white girls from next door came over to join in the fun. However, when an Afro-American little boy put his foot in the water the other 2 girls jumped out and went "Eew." Proudly, my daughter put her hands on her hips, looked the 2 little snobs in the face and said, "Derrick's black and you're not...SO WHAT!"

      Although we like to think we are making progress, there is still so much more to do. For instance, when my mother died in North Carolina only 1 1/2 years ago, I frantically was trying to find a funeral home. Being from New York State I simply called one in the phone book. When I mentioned this to the head nurse (she was black) she advised me I didn't want to go there because that was a "black" funeral home. I stood there stunned as I told her no one would ever make that comment in the north, especially in 2010. And with that she reminded me that although we righteously want to believe all things and people are equal, true racism is still just beneath the surface.

      So, in answer to your question...children are a direct reflection of the values and moral compasses of life that are taught at home and lived by example.

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      From personal experiences and many of my grad classes (I'm studying education), I believe that prejudice is very much a learned behavior. Kids recognize that there are differences between

      people, but they don't think anything of it until they are taught to. I also totally agree with your assessment that many school/govt policies are (unintentionally) prejudice, themselves.