Monday, January 21, 2008

In honor of Dr. King

I hate the way the word "racism" has been overused and improperly used. Prejudice would be a better word for their complaint. But I am always glad to see the proper word, bigotry, used.
I have always wondered though -- Why do we have prejudice hard-wired into our brains?
Was it some prehistoric survival skill? A skill that like our taste for hard to get food has outlived it usefulness.

And why do we have the prejudices we do? Why not different prejudices? Why not the avaricious Black and the lazy Jew? Why aren't the jails filled with Swedes killing each other on Saturday nights? Why isn't NASCAR filled with Chinese? Why do all the drivers in the Formula One have 'i' as the last letter of their name? How about that Mexican basketball team? There is a great little Scotch restaurant down on the corner. Oh, wait, there IS a little Scottish restaurant on the corner. Mc...

And why do individuals adhere to their own group's stereotypes, when that should be the last thing they would want to do?

1 comment:

luxomni said...

Heaven in Europe is a place where the British are the policemen, the French are the cooks, the Germans are the engineers, the Italians are the lovers and the Swiss run the place.

And hell is where the British are the cooks, the French are the engineers, the Germans are the policemen, the Swiss are the lovers and the Italians run the place.