Yesterday I went to a fast food place and noticed a couple in line ahead of me. The man was a White Caucasian male and the female was a Black African American female. They seemed like a nice romantic couple. For me, I didn’t focus so much on them, but I “did” manage to focus on the other people in the store. No one said anything, but the stares I saw said a lot. People looked at them as though they were doing something wrong. Please keep in mind that not everyone looked at them that way, but there were quite a few. I firmly believe that we “all” have some type of bigotry within us. We tend to view others who are of varying ethnicities differently than we view people of our own kind. In my eyes, that is not a bad thing. It is when we “act” upon our stereotypes that we are wrong. Think about this. If you are in church and a lady in front of you has on a huge hat that blocks your vision (and you don’t like her for it) then you could be harboring a stereotype. If you call a business and talk to someone with a foreign accent (and you have problems understanding them) then you could be harboring a stereotype. If you are an employer and you seemingly reject an applicant based on sight alone then you could be harboring a stereotype. How would you feel if you saw the same couple that I saw yesterday? I am not asking if you would act upon it (because I don’t believe most of us would). However, would you stare at them based on their color differences? For the record, I think that if people of 2 different races got involved romantically then that is a good thing. To me that means that their love is genuine and is not based on the standards of others. There is a love match out there for just about everyone. I don’t think it should all be based on what you see, but rather what you feel. True love goes beyond the surface. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Brett Jolly with Lynda Carter (The original Wonder Woman)