This I Believe

Adam - Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania
Entered on June 12, 2006
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: prejudice

The world can be both a wonderful and a hateful place, and it is important that we work on making it more wonderful than hateful. Everyday people around the world experience different prejudices including, sexism, racism, and ethnic prejudice. These people do not deserve to be call names, harassed, or be put down based on these factors that they are not in control of and the world needs to work on ways to end the hatred. This I believe that everyone was created equal, and it doesn’t matter if one is black, white, yellow, green, red, or purple, male or female, Russian, Mandarin, or Australian, we are all equal.

Sexism is probably one of the least talked about prejudices, but most likely occurs more than any of the others. Sexism is in the workplace, in school, in professional sports, and even in religion. Yes it is proven that men can do physical tasks better and quicker than women because of their muscle structure and bodily make up, but that does not mean are not capable of anything. Women can be just as intelligent if not even more intelligent as men, and women are the backbone of society. Without women, men would not be in existence. The thing that prejudice people towards women don’t consider is that we don’t just spontaneously appear or get dropped off on a doorstep by a stork, we all came from a woman.

Racists and bigots are probably the most ignorant people in the world. When Martin Luther King Jr. told us about his dream, he was right, white kids and black kids and all kinds of kids should be able to play with each other without experiencing some kind of racism. Just because the white Europeans had better geography which enabled them to be more advanced that blacks in Africa, doesn’t give people the right to hate each other based on color. Even more ridiculous than racism is ethnic prejudice. Where a person lives or comes from does not mean anything about who that person is. It is wrong to discriminate against a person just because they live or came from a place so many miles.

When I was around four years old another child who happened to be black and I got into a disagreement and started calling each other names. I did not realize what I was saying and I called him a “black boy.” When I got home my parents were called about the incident and were horrified. They were horrified because they are very accepting, tolerant, and non discriminatory people. They explained to me what I did wrong and that I should never say such mean and hateful things. I did not understand at the time, but now I do, everyone is equal. Prejudice is a horrible thing, and instead of making other people feel bad about their differences, we should accept and embrace them, and if we can not accept ant embrace them, the least we can do is tolerate them.