Why is prejudice so hard to shake off? It comes down to fairness and reasonableness. I have travelled to many countries over the years and found no national or ethnic group has cornered the market in goodness. For example I have found in France some very discourteous people, showing prejudice. I recall being lost on the Paris undergound and when asking for assistance in English being repeatedly shunned. Then a man approached and asked if he could help. He did and I got to my destination.
Should I judge the French by the ones who didn't help or the one that did? The better way is to say some people that day chose not to help and a kind man did. I could have been anywhere and got the same reactions. Why judge millions of people on a few individuals?
In some places, they hate a neighbouring nation due to historical issues. When you look into it, you often find that people from both sides have at times done bad things. No nation can claim to be lilly white, they all have skeletons in the closet. Selective recall is the problem here. On other occasions the facts or motives have been twisted to justify prejudice. Hatred soon finds a home to lodge, in the heart of the 'victim'.
Despite all that, the world has been full of terrible behaviour. The thing is that most suffering you will endure in your life will be done by the people you mix most with. Your neighbours, people of your own nation, race or religion will more likely hurt or murder you than any immigrant or foreign nation.
Surely it is time to take the blinkers off and see prejudice for what it it. Unreasonable, unfair and at times hateful. It's up to us to change.
Whatever our culture or where we live, we are all members of the human race and should embrace others on that basis. Easy to say but hard to live up to. I'm still working on it.
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