Flimsy Sanity: Prejudice

Flimsy Sanity

In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Prejudice

My new neighbor really hates Mexicans. What I find really amazing is that she is very proud of the portion of her heritage that is Cherokee Indian. I told her that Mexicans were just Indians south of the Cherokees but she claims they are mostly Spanish. Oh well, people with strong opinions are pretty determined that they are right.

Reminds me of an old boyfriend that was overweight but said he could never go with a fat girl.

Maybe we are all guilty of some prejudices. I know I have a hard time finding any Germans to like, even though they are the master race.

8 Comments:

  • At 6:33 AM, Blogger United We Lay said…

    That kind of thing really pisses me off. My uncle's best friend hates Mexicans and talks about them a lot. My husband is Colombian, so he's okay. I finally confronted him because I know he lumps in all hispanics (also not a good term) together but just doesn't say so around us.

     
  • At 6:33 AM, Blogger United We Lay said…

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  • At 6:49 AM, Blogger Flimsy Sanity said…

    Hi United,
    I guess I identify more with the oppressed than with the oppressors. Although my neighbor hates the Mexicans, she will take advantage of them - bragged how she got a Mexican to tear down her garage for only 50 bucks. I cannot understand why anyone would dislike someone willing to work so hard for so little - isn't that the American credo - work hard and you too can be rich?

     
  • At 12:20 PM, Blogger Peacechick Mary said…

    Guess everybody has to hate something or someone, well at least according to Rush Limbaugh who is the number one sales rep for hatred. Hatred of those "Not like us" is being sold like some new detergent that will not only wash your clothes, but take out the trash, too. In the end, all we get is more hatred and tension.

     
  • At 12:26 PM, Blogger JM said…

    Sadly, prejudice seems to be an unavoidable part of the human experience. Some people require someone to disapprove of to boost their own self esteem. It's kind of like having a co-worker who isn't pulling their weight and is a complete f-up; when they leave your score on the bell curve immediately goes south. But if you have the self-awareness to realize your predispositions, you probably can manage or avoid them.

     
  • At 8:10 PM, Anonymous RJ Adams said…

    I can't tolerate rascism - but it's a fact, those lousy Germans on holiday in Spain would rise at the crack of dawn to leave their towels on the beach just so us Brits couldn't get a space.

     
  • At 4:50 AM, Blogger Flimsy Sanity said…

    JM and Mary: I know you are right.
    I think people are basically good, except for tiny slips like slavery, the Holocaust, the Inquisition, genocide of US indigenous peoples and those of East Timor, Guatemala, Yugoslavia, Rwanda, and Cambodia, the starving of 14 million Ukrainians by the Russians, I guess I could go on for quite awhile.

    RJ: Ha Ha, I agree they are bullies and their nervous habit of laughing after everything they say bugs the hell out of me.

     
  • At 6:05 AM, Blogger United We Lay said…

    Peacechink,
    No, not everyone has to hate someone. Hate is a strong emotion and should be reserved only for those who have wronged you in a way that is irreversable, and even then, they deserve forgiveness if they ask for it. People are allowed to hate because others look the other way. hate MUST be confronted where it is found, without exception.

     

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