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By Pam Stevens
Managing Editor 

Everyone is created equal, why is this so hard for some to understand?


August 31, 2012

I continue to be shocked at anyone, especially public figures who make statements that could be considered prejudice or racist. Racist may not always be the correct word because sometimes these statements have nothing to do with race but other differences.

Comments can be made against not only skin color but religious beliefs, sexuality, or basically any personal belief that may be different than the person who is making the comment.

It seems that once again, a bad joke has been uttered over a microphone. This time the speaker got fired immediately.

David Chalian, Washington Bureau Chief for Yahoo! News, was overheard on a hot mic last week during the Republican National Convention saying, “They are happy to have a party with black people drowning.” He was talking about approaching Hurricane Isaac and the RNC.

Obviously Chalian didn’t think a mic was on but even so, why would he think that comment was okay? He obviously felt safe making the comment in the company of those around him.

Yahoo! Issued the following statement distancing themselves quickly from Chalian.

“David Chalian’s statement was inappropriate and does not represent the views of Yahoo!. He has been terminated effective immediately. We have already reached out to the Romney campaign, and we apologize to Mitt Romney, his staff, their supporters and anyone who was offended.”

Of course Chalian is not the first to make prejudice statements and he certainly won’t be the last.

What bothers me the most is that there are still people in this country believe that their beliefs or the color of their skin makes them better or more important than someone else with differing qualities.

My son said it best last week when he said, “Mom, how can you not like someone just because they have a different color of skin? I just don’t understand that.”

The same holds true for those who worship differently, have differing sexual preferences or even dress differently.

Last month, a Tucson Arizona man was fired from his lucrative job as a CFO/Treasurer at Vante, after he harassed a young girl working the drive through window at a Chick-Fil-A restaurant.

The man was upset about the corporation’s views on same-sex marriage and videotaped himself harassing the young girl, who by the way, continued to be polite even as the bullying continued.

Once again, he thought that his views were “more important” or “better” than the views of Chick-Fil-A. The saddest part about this story is that a grown man thought it was appropriate to mock a teenage girls because of a corporations views. And then post it on YouTube.

Prejudice is born from hate and ignorance. Before we start mocking or criticizing someone for their views, maybe we should think about how we would like others to react to our views and beliefs.

Don’t force your beliefs on others and be open minded when considering someone else’s.

Above all, remember that how you treat others is the true measure of who you are.


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