Prejudice, Our First Line of Defense

PREJUDICE IS PERENNIAL; IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN AND WILL ALWAYS BE.
HOWEVER, IN OUR MODERN WORLD WE NOW KNOW PREJUDICE HAS TWO SIDES;
IT CAN BE EITHER GOOD OR BAD. DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE COLOR,
TEACHER, MENTOR, SUIT, RELATIVE, CAR, ETC? IF SO, IT CAN BE SAID
YOU ARE PREJUDICED. OBVIOUSLY, PREJUDICE CAN HAVE A NEGATIVE SIDE.
IT CAN MEAN THAT WE FAVOR OURSELVES BY PUTTING SOMEONE ELSE DOWN.
RACIAL PREJUDICE IS A PHENOMENON I ORIGINALLY FOUND DIFFICULT TO
UNDERSTAND. BUT I THINK IN THE LAST THREE DECADES I HAVE GARNERED
SOME INSIGHT WHICH IS WORTHY OF SHARING.


FIRST, IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND PREJUDICE
IS EMOTION. PREJUDICE THEREFORE FUNCTIONS MORE ON THE SUBCONSCIOUS
SIDE OF PSYCHE AS OPPOSED TO THE MORE LOGICAL COGNITIVE SIDE. IT

RACIAL PREJUDICE DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND. HOWEVER, BELIEVING THERE
IS AN EXPLANATION FOR MOST EVERYTHING, I HOPE YOU WILL FIND THIS
SUBSEQUENT ANALYSIS WORTHY.

PEOPLE WHO HAVE A RACIAL, ETHNIC OR GENDER BIAS, HAVE A POOR
SELF IMAGE THAT THEY FEEL IS IMPROVED AND ELEVATED BY PUTTING SOMEONE
ELSE DOWN. CONSIDER THE PLIGHT OF POOR WHITES IN THE POST CIVIL WAR
ERA. IF THEY SAW THEMSELVES AT THE BOTTOM OF AMERICAN SOCIETY AND
WERE HAVING THIS NEGATIVE SELF IMAGE AFFIRMED BY CARPETBAGGERS, THEN
HOW COULD THEY UPGRADE THEMSELVES? IF POOR WHITES SAW THEMSELVES
AT THE BOTTOM OF AMERICAN'S SOCIAL LADDER, THE OLD BOTTOM OF THE
LADDER (FORMER SLAVES) WERE THE NATURAL RECIPIENT OF THEIR PREJUDICE.
CONSIDER THE SUBLIMINAL MESSAGE THE PERPETRATORS OF THIS SUB SEQUENTIAL
PREJUDICE WERE GIVING THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES. 'NO MATTER HOW
LOW WE ARE, WE WILL ALWAYS BE BETTER THAN THOSE BLACKS.' DOES NOT
EMOTION TOTALLY ENCAPSULATE THAT SELF IMAGE? IS IT LOGICAL? DID IT
NOT LEAD BENNY JACK HAYS AND HIS SON HENRY HAYS TO DO INCREDIBLY
INSANE THINGS? WAS IT EMOTIONAL? SURE. WAS IT NEGATIVE? SURE. DOES
IT HAVE TO BE THAT WAY? DEFINITELY NOT.

IF YOU BUILD YOURSELF UP BY PUTTING DOWN CHINCS, DAGOS, JEWS, MEN,
NIGGERS, POLLOCKS, QUEERS, WOMEN, WOPS, ETC. THEN YOU SHOULD SEEK OUT
A POSITIVE PREJUDICE FOR YOUR LIFE. LOOK FOR A POSITIVE CAUSE TO
FAVOR. THE WORLD NEEDS YOU. IT NEEDS YOUR POSITIVE INPUT FOR THE
ENVIRONMENT, POPULATION CONTROL, BUSINESS, AGRICULTURE DISTRIBUTION,
POLLUTION CONTROL, RECYCLING, HUMAN RELATIONS, ETC.

PEOPLE CAN BELIEVE DIFFERENTLY AND YET HAVE A COMMONALITY OF
PURPOSE. FROM MY PERSPECTIVE PEOPLE ARE WHAT GIVES LIFE MEANING.
ANY PREJUDICE YOU CAN DEVELOP THAT ELEVATES PEOPLE IS PROBABLY GOOD.
DO YOU THINK EINSTEIN HAD ANY PREJUDICE TOWARD OTHER PEOPLE? PROBABLY
NOT SINCE HE DID NOT BELIEVE IN IMMORTALITY. THUS, HE KNEW THAT WHATEVER
YOUR GENDER OR COLOR OF YOUR SKIN YOU WERE GOING TO LIVE AND DIE
EXACTLY HAS HE DID. THUS, NEGATIVE PREJUDICE WAS AND IS A WORTHLESS
COMMODITY.

BE POSITIVE. BE HAPPY. BE POSITIVE IN YOUR PREJUDICE AND THE
WORLD WILL BE A HAPPIER PLACE. DON'T LET THE NEGATIVE GAIN AN UPPER
HAND IN OUR WORLD. I THINK HENRY HAYS WOULD PROBABLY AGREE THAT
HIS HATE WAS NEGATIVE AND IT WAS THIS NEGATIVE WHICH DESTROYED
MICHAEL DONALD AND HIMSELF. WAS HENRY HAYS A HAPPY CAMPER WHENEVER
HE KILLED MICHAEL DONALD? IF HE HAD BEEN HAPPY, FELT GOOD
ABOUT HIMSELF AND HAD A GOOD SELF IMAGE, A TRULY TERRIBLE CRIME
WOULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED.

PERHAPS THE ONLY REAL YARDSTICK FOR OUR LIVES IS HAPPINESS.
THE MORE HAPPINESS WE HELP GIVE THE WORLD, THE MORE HAPPINESS WE
WILL EXPERIENCE OURSELVES. IT IS DIFFICULT TO BE NEGATIVELY
PREJUDICED AND HAPPY AT THE SAME TIME. FROM MY PERSPECTIVE,
NEGATIVE PREJUDICE FOSTERS HATE AND HATE EVENTUALLY FOSTERS RAGE,
AS IT DID IN THE LIFE OF HENRY HAYS AND THE DEATH OF MICHAEL DONALD.
LET US STAY AS FAR AWAY FROM HATE AND RAGE AS WE CAN. LET US
ELEVATE THE POSITIVE. LET US ELEVATE PEOPLE AND THEIR HAPPINESS.

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