Today's Tip: How To Avoid Prejudice
Hello everyone, it's me, Yuri Elstew Phod, and I've noticed some things that are pretty prejudice. This one is pretty bad, so is this one... and don't forget this terribly closed minded and skewed report.
There are some pretty simple steps to avoiding being a prejudice, fascist, racist closed-minded bigot. It's not hard at all. But I think some of you might just be getting a little confused so I will try to use some easy to understand words and a step-by-step list. Here we go...
Step 1: Do NOT become spokesperson for your race/religion/group/etc
I see this too often. One person, or even a small group of people, making assumptions that EVERYONE from their related whatever feels EXACTLY like they do. This is wrong because you couldn't possible know that. Just because you are a vegetarian and hate fishing for sport does NOT mean every vegetarian feels that way. That being the mildest of cases, you know who you are, heavy cases!
Step 2: Don't Group
The minute you name a group like black, white (chess!), rich, poor, white mouse, slimy fish... you are grouping. This is a bad thing too. Again it makes for a very bad impression on people when you group them in this manner. Try to see people as people (or mice) and not as groups.
Step 3: Don't Dwell
Dwelling on anything already over and done with is pointless. History IS taught in school and last I checked we were not teaching our kids to hate. In fact, most of the hatred seems to come from parents when concerned with school.
Step 4: Understand Location
Sure, things could be bad with certain 'things' in your neighborhood, city, state, church, etc. Once again, generalizing is generally a bad thing, and nothing good can come from it, generally speaking. Remember that your town or whatnot does not define the status-quot for EVERY populous en centre in the whole world!
Step 5: Eyes, Ears, and _Mouth_ Open!
Prejudice is all around us, don't close your eyes to it. Don't pretend you don't hear it. And certainly SAY SOMETHING IF IT BOTHERS YOU. I would not be surprised if most prejudice starts from miscommunication alone. And, for those who are into being soft-spoken, don't be afraid to remind someone what century it is after they make a racial slur or a pop off their next gay joke.
Step 6: Do Your Part
When I was growing up, I was taught first time funny, second time not funny, third time.... punishment. What about 12,000,000 times? If that were the case, most of us would have been put to death with the prejudice we spread. I am SURE we can do better than that. Making that number 0 is the best thing we can do with our lives.
Step 7: Don't Expect Miracles
Remember that this is NOT going to happen in your lifetime but it won't happen at all if nobody does anything. If there is any group you DO NOT want to be put into, its the group of people that allowed prejudice to exist longer than it ever should have.
Step 8: Repeat
Doing it once is not enough, unless you are lazy and skip to step 10... that should speak for itself.
Step 9: Look Inward
The last part of this, is that there is a 99% chance that you yourself are guilty of prejudice as well. Don't forget to look in the mirror so you can see what those 4 other fingers pointing back at you are really pointing at! Even if you only change your own behavior, it still is making a difference!!
Step 10: Promote This Idea
I would be lying if I said I didn't want anyone to refer a friend back to this page. So I won't say it. Like in the previous step, you don't have to do much to make things better, even if you do nothing but forward this link, you have done something! This part is for all you lazy people out there: Drag and drop the link at the bottom and email it to a friend.
10 Easy Steps to Avoid Prejudice