.

Some People Need A Wake Up Call

We don't like to think of ourselves as bigots or racists. But I saw one in the mirror the other day, and felt ashamed.

What a surprise – I realized yesterday that I’m prejudiced! And, I’m ashamed of it.

After my blog last week, I heard from my editor, my wife, and yesterday from my hairstylist – guys don't get “haircuts” these days – that I had used an inappropriate word to describe people who went to a different church than I did. I didn’t think it was a bad word; I was being nostalgic and writing about old times. Wrong. All wrong. Words can get you killed. You’d think I had learned that by now.

My dad was a radioman on a B-25 during WWII. I remember him saying he was glad he wasn’t fighting the – oops, I almost used a derogatory word – he wasn’t fighting the Japanese. He didn’t think he was a bigot; there was a war going on. Nasty people were trying to kill him. I felt the same way in the Korean War, when we were transporting Americans back to the States in body bags. Decades later, I hate to admit that I am still prejudiced, and there’s no reason for it. I wasn’t in combat. Nobody actually tried to kill me. Our government just had a way with words, and the words were memorable, hateful and damned offensive.

How many years – and we’re still using some of the same old words? Gingrich calls Democrats “the enemy.” That’s not true. And it’s dangerous. The election we’re going through now sounds just like a war. Everybody is angry, we are all prejudiced, and the rhetoric is nasty.

We don't like to think of ourselves as bigots or racists. But, I saw one in the mirror the other day, and felt ashamed. Some friends pointed out the error I made in my blog. Thanks, it was a kind of wake up call.

This post is contributed by a community member. The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Patch Media Corporation. Everyone is welcome to submit a post to Patch. If you'd like to post a blog, go here to get started.

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »