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  •  Mets102 is a mensch. (4+ / 0-)
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    I'm sure he'd be a fabulous woman, but as it happens he's not.

    •  Don't remind me. Rolls eyes. (4+ / 0-)
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      I may never live this down.

      In the time it took Adam Lanza to reload, eleven children escaped. What if...

      by Sixty Something on Fri Jul 19, 2013 at 07:57:45 PM PDT

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      •  I would hate to tell you... (1+ / 0-)
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        the number of people on this site I assumed were men only to discover they were women, and vice versa.

        I figure it probably isn't all that uncommon; the only thing that protects me from people messing up my gender is my user name. And even that isn't 100% foolproof.

        I try as best I can not to make assumptions about people. That being said I cannot claim to be even close to fully successful.

        One of the things about the forms of prejudice discussed in this particular diary is that a significant part of those forms of prejudice is based not on malice but on what I suspect is a rather human tendency to make assumptions about people based on externals and hearsay. In some instances those assumptions, when they are incorrect, result in nothing worse than mild embarrassment. In other situations they can result in needless mistrust, baseless fear or far too often (as we have seen) in pointless deaths.

        People tend to get upset when words like "racism" and "anti-Semitism" are brought up. The fact is that they point out unquestioned habits of thought which can in many cases be quite different from outright bigotry. It is one thing to make up stories about people and to use nouns as verbs when one has no idea that what one is doing is wrong. It's quite another thing to embrace the incorrect assumptions and to insist that stereotypes are correct. That, I think, is the difference between prejudice and bigotry. Both need to be called out but one can be cured with education while the other is far more pernicious and far more difficult to contend with.

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