“This is Just my Cover, Not my Story!”

Jaclyn - Kyle, Texas
Entered on August 29, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: prejudice
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“This is Just my Cover, Not my Story!”

It’s really a question of have you ever prejudged someone before you met them, and yes, I have. It’s sad to say that I have because I am a very strong believer of karma. As a human being I believe that almost everyone child, parent, teacher, The President, no matter who it is has probably prejudged someone before they met them. Personally I wouldn’t like it if someone judged me before I meeting them but we all do it.

One example I have is as someone pre judging me. It was around freshman year and it always seems that the kid who wears glasses is the nerd of the class, you know the really smart one, not saying that I am no t smart but this football player looks at me and had been looking at m e the whole class period, so finally I look at him, and I ask “Yes, can I help you?” , in a sarcastic flirting kind of way, and said says, “ Yea! During the test if I can just look on your paper will just slide it to the left a little bit?”, and I look at him knowing what he was thinking, “oh yea she’s a nerd, she’s wearing glasses, she has to be smart”.

So with that thought in mind I was kind of self cautious I guess but not completely, just to the point where I could have taken it as a compliment or insulting. But and I am totally not saying that I am not smart by the whole prejudging thought but the fact that he had the nerve to ask me:can I look at your paper”, I though who does he take me for never talked to him he just assumed that I would of course have all the answers right or that I would even let him copy. All because of what I felt were my glasses.

I feel as if I were not the only person on the planet and that everyone should be treated with the same respect as everyone else and not be looked at from the first glance.

As the saying goes “You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover”. Some of the really cool and down to earth people are the ones you look at for the first time and think, “Eww! Who is that?”. As bad as it sounds I prejudge people every day as much as anyone else does, people my not be friends with other because of the way the dress or what they look like. I believe that everyone should make their decision on one another after they’ve met them.