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Thursday, 15 April 2010

Are You Prejudiced?

"You Are Not Prejudiced: "Not only are you color blind, but you're also ethnicity blind, gender blind, and sexual orientation blind. You don't judge someone until you truly know them. And even then, you're probably reluctant to judge. You try to treat everyone equally. Everyone has a fair chance with you. Good job - there's not a prejudiced bone in your body."

To treat everyone equally, is certainly something I aspire to, but actually I don't try to be colour and ethnicity blind, 'coz I'm not. Neither am I sexual orientation blind either, because I have highly developed "gaydar".

And one thing that really creeps me out is the idea of celebrating differences in some sort of awkward, self-conscious way. Everybody knows it's some white person's idea of what they think is right that ends up being offensive.

As I was explaining to some friends recently, my feelings can best be expressed by two lines from the Bob Marley song, "War", the lyrics, of which are derived from a speech made by Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie.

"Until the colour of a man's skin Is of no more significance than the colour of his eyes ..." - Bob Marley - War

My personal interpretation of those two lines is not that we should be ignoring the colour of a person's skin and pretending that there are no differences, but that we need to be open, comfortable and natural in noticing.

That will be when a pink / white person, can compliment a black, red, yellow, or whatever person - and vice versa - on their skin tone, in the same way as we might remark upon their brown / blue / green / gray / bloodshot eyes.

(Aside: It quite amused me really, that a black person - who clearly thought my lil' white arse had no right to be there - hassled me on my way into the Bob Marley and The Wailers Live at the Lyceum concert in London in 1975.)

Are You Prejudiced?

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