Monday, March 24, 2014


This article is about fighting prejudice with awareness. it begins with a bold statement, or rather a quotation saying "everyone in this room is prejudice." What the article focuses on isn't that it is bad or good thing, but rather that knowing we all have it will allow for open discussions that will hopefully be honest and allow people to grow and learn from them. Fighting it with honesty is something I think is a very powerful tool. America, and the world, has such a history of racism. Especially in films nowadays and culture, it isn't necessarily racist messages that are being broadcast, but certainly prejudice stereotypes and concepts of identities that are impossible to ignore if you have ever owned a television, or walked through Times Square. People, myself included, get so embarrassed by the fact that they may have a prejudice thought, that we will never admit it. Whether it's to ourselves or those around us, or even maybe those are affected by our prejudices. What is important is being aware of them, and trying to understand where it's coming from and what's fueling it. Then you can combat it.

This article is about defeating prejudice in professional sports settings. Overall the article isn't fascinating. But I found out that one homophobic player on the Toronto baseball team made a homophobic remark that was published. Later on, "He was suspended three games without pay, with his lost salary donated to a youth program and to GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), and was required to undergo sensitivity training."
That seems to me like a very effective way of not only shunning homophobic remarks between players in the game, but more importantly by sending a powerful message to all of the kids/fans who watch these games and look up to the players. Overcoming prejudice will require drastic actions by people in places of power. The example needs to be set somewhere, things can no longer be publicly accepted as they once were. That is what will keep the vicious cycles going.

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