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Dyed All Hues

Thinker and Experimenter,


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Why do people still perpetuate prejudices against someones skin color, orientation, sex, origins, accents, age, etc?

When I think of prejudices I think of comedy shows. I laugh at the fact that it is so ridiculous, but not how true it is. I sometimes find it laughable how there is still an over abundance of people who still take their prejudices that target a group of people so seriously. I find it appalling that in the so called "United States" that prejudice is still so prevalent. I personally live in a large city, so I see and hear many things, but it shocks me that it can get worst if I were to travel to more rural cities. I ask myself, didn't these people learn about the strife that Martin Luther King Jr with the Black rights movement, Harvey Milk with gay rights, Susan B. Anthony and women suffrage, and other people and events in history like the Japanese Internment Camps?

Shouldn't we have nipped this human rights issue in the bud awhile ago? Sure, I am aware that other parts of the world may be a bit different, but looking in a localized sense, prejudice still exists and it seems still somewhat prevalent in the US. Why do people still perpetuate these prejudices/stereotypes? Does it root from history, human nature, politics, comedians, or from day to day interactions between people like me and you?

Let's dig into this issue and possibly figure out some way to lessen prejudices/stereotypes within our immediate environment. Think globally and act locally.


Closing Statement from Dyed All Hues

Thanks for all the participants! There is still a lot that may have been left out or not discussed, and I hope to have a chance to exam these aspects again in the near future, but a lot of thought has been generated.

I hope that passers-by will be able to gain something from this conversation.

Enjoy Life, Peace, and Love. Good Day to You.

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  • Sep 29 2012: "Does it root from history, human nature, politics, comedians, or from day to day interactions between people like me and you?"

    It's actually all of them. Fact is, many of today's stereotypes are present subconsciously. When we discriminate against someone, it's our subconscious and "common sense" that is acting. All this discrimination has such deep roots that we now think it to be "normal". We see it all the time in our daily life reading history, watching films and comedians, reading books and interacting with others that all of this has become very "homely" or comfortable to us i.e. we have adapted to it and think it commonplace or routine.

    Another factor is that we humans, all of us, hate changes, whether it be in our society, ideals or in someone else. And as we have adapted to all this discrimination, we are frankly not really inclined to change it. Then there are the "conventional" type of peoplewho still rigorously believe in all this so they too are definitely not in a mood to change it. They feel this is right and modernisation is all wrong.

    But these people are really scarce because over th last few years, society has drastically changed. It's just us, we need to get out of this comfort zone of ours and stop being lazy so as to sincerely make an effort to ent these stereotypes.
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      Sep 30 2012: Hi Sachita,

      On your last sentence, I believe you meant to type "end these stereotypes" or "enter these stereotypes"?
      • Sep 30 2012: It was meant to be end. Sorry :)
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          Sep 30 2012: I ask so I can clarify, and no biggie, it happens. I suggest you read Random Chance's comment because his comment is some of what I would want to say in response to your comment and possibly more.

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