Prejudice is not inherited, it is taught

My little girl was born in the Northwest.  I am from south Louisiana and my husband is from Virginia; we know our fair share of prejudices.

So take a little girl born from two Southern parents.  She is basically being raised around a mostly white population.  We don’t talk about people being of different colors, we talk of people being people.  We don’t mention color or race to her except when she asks.

What happens when you take that little girl to the south for the first time?  Nothing.  When she saw two little black girls, she asked if she could play with them, not why are they a different color.  In fact, when she saw Princess and the Frog for the first time, she never mentions that Tiana is different from any other princess.

So my point is that children are taught negative things about another race or person from their parents and from their family/friends.  It isn’t something they are born doing or knowing.  We should, as parents, keep our negative opinions about another race from influencing our children.

A's first time in Louisiana at Festival International de Louisiane

















A danced her little butt off to Burning Spear...Festival Internationale de Louisiane














Some of my favorite quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr.:

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
“Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.”

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”


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2 Comments on “Prejudice is not inherited, it is taught”

  1. January 16, 2012 at 15:34 #

    Absolutely. I completely agree with you. My husband and I were both born in the NW, and I’ve never even visited the South, but we’ve raised our children the same way. It felt so strange to me teaching them about Dr. King this morning. The idea of treating people differently because of their skin was so bizarre to them. If I didn’t believe in teaching history to avoid repeating mistakes, I wouldn’t ever tell them about racism. I love that it wouldn’t even occur to them.

    • January 16, 2012 at 15:58 #

      It is amazing that they have no clue, no prejudices at a young age. They really do pick up on what you say and if you never mention someone by color or race then they don’t do it either. Thanks for your post about MLK day…my little chicky loved coloring the page and my son colored his people red and green. He colored them red because that is his favorite color!

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