Liebe Leser, auch die :innen und :außen, heute ist ein besonderer Tag, denn ich möchte einen Gastbeitrag von FreeDobby vorstellen. Sie ist Schülerin an einem Berliner Gymnasium (was bald in sich zusammen fällt vermute ich 😉 ) und veröffentlicht den ersten englischen Beitrag hier in meiner kuscheligen Privat-Bloggerei. Damit kommt hier gleich zu Beginn des Monats April etwas mehr Qualität rein!
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Beginn Gastbeitrag von FreeDobby:
Briefly, I wrote this based on an essay for my English class, so I only picked out a few prejudices. This is mainly about the countries in Europe here, as that was my teacher’s assignment. I didn’t go further into racism or other important issues because there is so much to discuss about, it deserves at least a separate post. I myself do not stand behind these prejudices, I just wanted to emphasise it a bit exaggeratedly so that the seriousness becomes conscious. There are much more important superficial prejudices to think about and to make sure that they are reduced. If any of these apply to you or your home country, don’t take offense, I just want to draw attention to the issue as I think it is far too often suppressed. Enjoy.
Prejudices got very common. Most people have pictures of people and their countries in their head, like British people always drink tea and are very polite or American people are always casual and open. I think that is a huge problem. Suppose you want to travel. Your family is doing suggestions where to go. With every country they enumerate you have biases in your mind about the country and the people there. Like: „Oh no, not Germany, the people there are so stuffy and punctual.“ or „No. Not Italy, half of the Italians are in the mafia.“ or „Belgium, the people there are just eating chocolate, aren’t they?“ I think most people aren’t doing this on purpose, it just comes up to their mind because they’ve heard those things in their everyday life.
And it’s not just the people in the different countries, also among the population itself. You often get judged before you’ve even met that person, and maybe if you think about it, you catch yourself doing the same. It doesn’t matter where you are: on the streets, at school/work or on the train, people will always have a picture of you in mind, they think they know you. Your character, your hobbies. They think they know you, even though you might have been standing several meters away. They judge you by your look, by your style, your skin color and your body. Isn’t that superficial? And also nasty? An example, a harmless one, that is really common in my generation and that I experienced several times: You and your friends are changing rooms at school. You are walking by a person reading a book and instantly think: „Oh, she‘s a nerd. I bet she does nothing else but learning in her free time, with her you can’t have fun.“ Perhaps she just wants to study further, she wants to graduate and wants to go to a good university. Maybe she just wants to understand the world. Is there something wrong with that? No. If you would‘ve just gone to her with an open mind, perhaps you would be friends today because she isn’t who you first thought she was.
I think without prejudices life would be much easier. If you once have those biases, you can’t really switch them off, so please prevent yourself from getting those. Try, the next time you will have a conversation with a stranger or you will just look at him, to think of him with a clear mind without judging.
You don’t know what life has in store for you!
Ende Gastbeitrag von FreeDobby
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