It’s not that I was okay with it, or justified their behavior, but I had just accepted it. I now know that no one’s brain is wired for prejudice, discrimination, racism, sexism, or homophobia. It’s high time we stopped using excuses like “it’s human nature to dislike anyone and anything that feels different from us”.
We need more articles about this!
Totally just theorizing based on what I’ve heard in the past, but I think prejudice being human nature has nothing to do with our interactions with other humans, but how we assess danger.
Rhetoric that otherizes different groups of people tend to portray them as a threat, and over time, people start subconsciously believing that narrative, which may give the impression prejudice is human nature. The problem lies in dehumanizing belief systems that tell our brains another human is a threat.
Humans evolved out of collaboration and valuing the thoughts and ideas of others. It doesn’t surprise me at all that neurology reflects that. The damage is in narratives that tip off the “danger” instinct.
My brain has hit max capacity for the night, but I wanted to at least comment on this before I forgot. Thanks for this!