Saturday, June 08, 2013

Ask Marilyn ticked me off today!

Jim Oates of Leesburg, Va., writes:
Marilyn: Is it possible to “instantly” dislike someone without knowing why?
Marilyn responds:
Sure! And that’s okay.
So, if you want to judge people based on their race, or gender, or their age, or the car they drive, or whether they have a physical disability its OK with Marilyn. Great!

The only thing wrong with that is if you go through life judging people by such external signs you are going to miss out on a lot of great people and interesting experiences.

If you do so while you are deciding who to hire, or what grade to give a student you are probably breaking the law.

I suspect that we all have unconscious prejudices but they are probably best to be brought into the light and combated, not celebrated.

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