How to Deal with Inner Prejudice
I’m a feminist. Not only that, I believe in equality amongst all genders and races.
However, what I’ve slowly realized is that I’m a little racist. And a little sexist.
Let me explain.
We are surrounded by tons of information, and it’s constantly in our faces. Through that, we are subconsciously and consciously absorbing that information. It could be through conversations, news, television shows, movies—communication affects our behaviour and our perception.
And a lot of media can have subtle prejudices that could rub off on us. Like, for example, when you walk past a person and feel randomly nervous around that person, or assuming the race or gender of a person who is driving slow.
I’ve done it, and I’m sure you may have done it too.
So what can we do? We need to question ourselves.
When you walk past someone and start to feel nervous, ask yourself why. Before you assume anything, ask why you’re coming to that assumption. Don’t punish yourself for thinking this way, but rather be aware of the thoughts and ask yourself if they are correct or not.
It’s hard to unlearn prejudices, but awareness is a step in the right direction. It’s not easy, but it makes a huge difference in how we treat people and, hopefully, how we are treated back.