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By Nancy Polanski on May 15, 2017

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May 14, 2017 7:34 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
They don't see differences, they just see another kid. Prejudice is learned.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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May 14, 2017 9:28 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
MaryE wrote:They don't see differences, they just see another kid. Prejudice is learned.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if grownups were more child like in this regard.

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May 15, 2017 4:43 AM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
One way a child may learn prejudice is from opinionated, prejudicial family members or friends.

And in some cases it may happen as a result of being isolated from diversity in their formative years.

Or an unfortunate experience may have occurred in their early (or later) childhood which would trigger negative emotions that haunt them..

Those are the ways I can think of that would cause someone to become prejudiced. Although it can also be that any or all of those examples are present and a person still has no prejudice.

Myself, I grew up in a little town where there were only white, Anglo-Saxon protestants. My parents were not prejudiced, or at least never expressed any prejudices. I don't remember seeing anyone on television or movies that looked different from me. And yet I consider myself non-prejudicial. I saw my first African American person when I went to community college and I felt sorry for her because she was the only one in my curriculum and she was so shy. I never spoke to her. In hindsight I wish I had, but I was shy too.

Now I live in a totally diverse neighborhood where everyone gets along just fine. My neighbors in the houses that surround me are Burmese (Karen), Arabic, Russian, Puerto Rican, African American and Caucasian. And I'm happy to be here.
May 16, 2017 8:44 AM CST
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA
In the eyes of a child you will see
As Sharon once commented, "Prejudice is the devil's playground".
What I don't know is why books are written.

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