Want to combat your prejudices? Expose yourself to ‘others’

The German Shepherd question that explains my take on racism

Me and Faith (Photo credit: Gwen Y. Vaughn)

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In answer to her query, I told her I spent half my life enjoying the company of German Shepherds, even after reading enough black history lessons to know what these dogs were capable of. Additionally, my father and grandfather constantly showed me photographs of their German Shepherd pet before I was born. Exposure to both breeds gave me a far more balanced view of them. But if we flip this question on its heels and subtract two of those four legs, could exposure be all people need to have less dangerous views about each other? I believe so.

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I pondered on that mugshot gallery while thinking of her German Shepherd comment. If my only exposure to that breed was those photographs of dogs who were trained to be racist, it is a given that she would fear this breed as a whole. Why would she think otherwise? Let’s say that her only exposure to dogs was seeing images of them being violent, attacking and profiling. It would be inevitable that she would believe A + B = C. What else would she have to work with other than what’s been shown to her? Too often, news publications do not fully consider a balance in the content that they put so people have the opportunity to see people in various views. Sometimes it’s intentional. Other times it’s subconscious bias. What I’m saying is everybody needs to check their privilege.

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Well-traveled does not always make you less racist

I often hear the motto that people who travel more tend to be less discriminatory and more open to other races. It sounds nice on postcards and travel sites, but I can think of a handful of painfully ignorant comments from well-traveled people. They got the plane tickets. But when they arrived at their destinations, they only wanted to hang out with people exactly like themselves — who maybe had a permanent tan.

I Do See Color

“Seeing” color is no more a problem than “seeing” height.

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I Do See Color

We are not ashamed of our melanin, and we know you “see” it. Just don’t discriminate and disrespect us because of it.

Shamontiel L. Vaughn

Written by

Check out her six Medium pubs: BlackTechLogy, Doggone World, Homegrown, I Do See Color, Tickled and We Need to Talk. Visit Shamontiel.com to read about her.

I Do See Color

We are not ashamed of our melanin, and we know you “see” it. Just don’t discriminate and disrespect us because of it.

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