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(Non-D-related) When you take off our skin, we're all the same underneath!

Two days ago I was walking through the hallway in my building and these two young women, probably both around 20 years old, were yelling at each other. One young woman was African American, the other was Indian.

"I don't like you! I don't like you!" one of them was saying.

The other said, "That's fine. I don't like you."

The first responded, "Listen, I don't like you. I DO NOT have to respect you."

Part of me SO wanted to butt in and say something, anything. I know it wasn't my place, wasn't my conversation, wasn't my business, but I wanted to say, "You know, I'm pretty sure that's how wars start...just because we don't like someone makes us think we don't have to respect them!"

It's such an unfortunate line of thinking. Just because I have different beliefs or lifestyle from someone else doesn't automatically make it acceptable to not show that person respect. It was incredibly frustrating to listen to. On my way back from the mail room it was still going on, and I kept my mouth shut.

It's funny when we think about how we judge and assess people, but then, when you take off our skin, we all look pretty much exactly the same inside! Exactly the same! We're all red and pink and purple and bloody and goopy and exactly the same on the inside.

That is all.

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Tags: bullying, hate, race, racism, respect

Comment by Cathy Jacobson on October 24, 2010 at 3:11pm
What a great attitude and thought~ It doesn't really matter who or what we are, how we worship, or don't, fat or thin, we are all the same under our skin. Great post.....
Comment by Doris D on October 24, 2010 at 4:02pm
Totally agree!!!! Boyh you and Cathy are right!
Comment by Ginger Vieira on October 24, 2010 at 7:21pm
@DuckFiabetes -- well that's rather ridiculous! I think the best term for that would be "ethnocentric"!
Comment by Teena on October 24, 2010 at 9:54pm
Very good points to ponder on!
Comment by Scott on October 27, 2010 at 9:17am
This reminds me of something I used to say when I was coaching my son's baseball team.

Always respect anyone who is willing to step onto the field with you, either on your team or not. If you don't, you stand a good chance of losing. A better team will beat you, but you're the only one that can make you lose.
Comment by Ginger Vieira on October 27, 2010 at 12:49pm
Scott - that's is an awesome piece of wisdom! I really like that mentality.
Comment by Scott on October 27, 2010 at 3:53pm
Ginger... "awesome" and "mentality" are usually not used in the same sentence where I am involved... /wink
Comment by Ginger Vieira on October 27, 2010 at 4:32pm
Comment by Jovanni de Jesus on October 27, 2010 at 5:46pm
I could just remember something an American colleague told me about people who embrace racial prejudice: "People like those have small minds."
Comment by Scott on October 27, 2010 at 5:57pm
That's a good point, Jovanni... prejudice is inherently self-limiting. If you perceive yourself as being superior to others, there is no reason to improve yourself. You become stagnant and growth becomes impossible


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