Prejudice. Racism. Ugly words, aren’t they?
Webster’s defines racism as “a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to rule others.”
Prejudice is “an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason.” Most of us would like to think that we are not prejudiced and this post will deal with that belief, the truth, and what we can do to control these “unfavorable opinions or feelings.”
We also think that our new little bundles of joy, arriving in the world so innocent and untouched, couldn’t possibly be prejudiced…could they?
Yes, they most certainly can. If you consider that prejudice can be an inherent reaction to the strange or different, then certainly your small child can react accordingly.
Does this reasoning apply to racism? No.
Racism is a learned belief, and if you are parents who are consciously teaching your children to be racist, there is nothing here for you.