Prejudices of Man
thoughts of this subject have been coming to me regularly, mainly
because I've been speaking with a lot of Native Americans. The
way that they are still treated by society, is frightening.
I wondered why people hate one another so much, and I came to
the realization that we are all indoctrinated to hate and be
scared of other races, religions, and social habits. Whites
are told that the Red race are lazy alcoholics. Blacks are thought
of by society as being druggies or pushers who carry guns and
knives and attack people. The Yellow race is always portrayed
as a people who have a lot of kids, which tips the balance of
the population, and as Communists, carry a little red book around.
The Japanese, Koreans, and Vietnamese are shown as a cruel people,
and are still disliked by society because of the wars. None
of these things are true.
is what we as whites are told, but consequesntly those races
are indoctrinated too. Red people are told that all non-natives
are dangerous, especially the whites, because we steal their
land, religions and anything else that they keep Sacred. Of
course the Black race fare no better. They have the memories
of slavery, Civil Rights, and the Klan to add to their history,
and I guess the Yellow race has the same type of history to
be indoctrinated with.
are we as people of this world going to be given a chance to
decide for ourselves about other people? Why do we have to wear
these antiquated millstones around our necks? Can we not be
trusted to use our own experiences, our intuitions to see who
is bad or good. I was bought up to believe that everyone is
equal, and I was lucky enough to have friends of all races throughout
my life. And yes, there are bad of all colors, including white.
But I found that out for myself. When coming to America from
England in 1981 my first friend just happened to be Black, and
next door to us lived a Korean family, who my kids made friends
with. Yet Whites who lived near to us were cold and standoffish.
Now I have friends of all colors, religions, and ages.
are people, they bleed the same red blood, and have the same
feelings inside of them. If we were blind we wouldn't be able
to see the differences, we also wouldn't be able to see the
beautiful flowers of various colors and sizes which live in
peace, and make a wondeful display just being together. We also
wouldn't see the forests of different trees, together making
a world of security and protection for themselves and us.
could be the same as the flowers and trees if only we'd give
each other a chance. We could be beautiful in our differences.
Why don't we all go out today and say 'Hi' to someone who is
different to us. Then watch the shock, and gradually a smile
come on to that person's face. We all have to take a stand to
make a change in our world. After all we live on this planet
together, and if we are given half a chance we can complement
by Gloria Hazell ©1992