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May 31, 2012

by DailyKenn.com

You're on vacation and a special occasion calls for dining out at a fine restaurant. 

Do you choose:

a) McDonalds 
b) Country Buffet
c) Some high-priced restaurant with a snooty maître d’

The correct answer is: You go with the snooty maître d’. 

Your prejudice against McDonalds and Country Buffet is based on past experience.

Prejudice means to 'pre-judge.' Even though you're a tourist and have never dined at the local Country Buffet or munched down at the corner McDonalds, you discriminate against those options in favor of the higher-priced venue. 

Prejudice and discrimination are not evil. They are necessary traits of human behavior. We apply both every day of our lives from choosing restaurants to pulling up to the pump with the lowest price. 

Applying prejudice and discrimination is also essential in human relations. When you hire a handyman or a dentist for the first time, you make discriminatory and prejudicial decisions. Insurance companies are discriminatory and prejudicial when they choose who they will and will not insure. Were it not for government mandates, their bias would be more pronounced. 

Social engineers have gone to great lengths to convince us that prejudice is wrong when applied to humans, particularly race-based prejudice. 

While I agree that hating someone based on ethnicity is immoral (if not down-right idiotic), prejudging others based on their appearance (including skin tone and hair texture) is not foolish. Rather, it is wise behavior that should be commonly practiced out of common sense; particularly when the context of the encounter also demands discriminatory judgement.

What's on the outside (yellow skin or golden arches) advertises what to expect on the inside. It is not evil to acknowledge that reality; it's an awareness based on past experience.  My guess is you will seldom find a maître d’ in a McDonalds; but occasionally you do find an employee with advanced human characteristics that would do Darwin proud. Be pleasantly surprised; not unpleasantly disappointed. 

When I encounter a group of Chinese students chattering Mandarin in the park, I prejudge them to be from China. I prejudge them to speak Chinese more fluently than English. I sometimes practice my Mandarin skills and prejudge them to respond with polite laughter. 

When I encounter a group of black teens chattering Ebonics in the city, I prejudge them to be from the 'hood. I prejudge them to speak Ebonics more fluently that real English. I never, ever practice my Ebonics skills anticipating they will respond with polite laughter. 

Why do I prejudge Chinese students and black teens differently? Why am I prejudice? 

I offer no answer to the above questions. Honest people already know the answer.


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5 comments:

  1. You shouldn't even have to write this. This isn't our Grandfather's country anymore. I say we move to a place like Alaska. We whites (and maybe some honorary whites) could declare a "Great White Migration" and homestead a shit-ton of land. I'll help make the signs that say NO BLACKS ALLOWED.

    The Senior Engineer

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  2. The reason liberals hate to admit this is because there is always some one in a million exception to the rule, they think its sad that any one individual might ever be judged incorrectly. Its like with being against the death penalty, the chance that one in a million innocent might get killed is enough for them to say its not worth the risk. They will gladly screw everyone else if they can somehow justify it is right in their mind...

    But it is really not about skin color, its about general appearance and behavior. Ignorance knows no boundaries. You avoid the ignorant group of blacks more than the whites because you adduce they are more likely to become violent, like a pack of wild animals. And if you are a betting man, you will win that bet more often than not. That is really what you are getting at here, intelligent people just naturally play the odds in their favor... the lotto is a tax on the stupid.

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