“Ignorance and prejudice are the handmaidens of propaganda. Our mission, therefore, is to confront ignorance with knowledge, bigotry with tolerance, and isolation with the outstretched hand of generosity. Racism can, will, and must be defeated.” ― Kofi Annan
It is a shame +Fred Gandt, but in fact the concept of race is a modern concept. In the ancient world, the Greeks, Romans, Jews, Christians, and Muslims did not have racial categories. Rather people were divided according to religion, class, language, etc...
I didn't know that, although I wasn't really thinking about race as the problem. Rather I was thinking of any form of arbitrary subjugation. It saddens me how many people seem unable to take things as they find them, rather than categorizing in accordance with some prejudice or other. Why shouldn't a 5 year old girl tell a 40 year old man something he didn't know about electronics? Most men though would more than feel put out by that happening, but would go further and outright reject the knowledge due to the source not fitting comfortably with their preconceptions of the order of things. In reality of course, there's no good reason why the young shouldn't educate the old (in fact it makes more sense than the other way around in many cases), and a black woman may be a perfect lady contrary to many terrible stereotypes in popular media.
Easy to believe. I was constantly abused throughout my youth for nothing more than the color of my ginger hair. I was even physically attacked by complete strangers because of it. One guy partially dislocated my jaw with a very hefty punch in the face. I had never seen him before, but he commented that I was something like "a ginger prick" as I walked by him in the park. I'd heard it all before so felt nothing more than mild pity for anyone who knew him. He was annoyed by my lack of reaction and attacked me. That was not as rare as I'd like it to have been, but it was by far the most physically painful abuse. My jaw clicked like crazy for years afterwards. I know how it feels to be on the receiving end of abuse for a genetic disposition.
Hello fred when I read your e-mail about bullying it compelled me to tell you a story that is true ite happened to me one day when I was walking home from school this guy that I did not know started trying to bully me maybe I had a different phylosophy about life and to this day I dont know but to his chagrin I had prior arangements with my very large Brother to watch me as I came home and needless to say this story has remained in my psyche for me to relish at the imbisles who still remains to cause others... long live Big Brothers!