The Miracle of Difference: When Does Fascination Become Prejudice

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The Miracle of Difference: When Does Fascination Become Prejudice

Katherine Peredo

Axia College University of Phoenix

It is a wonderful spring day in the city park. Gina loves the park; she looks over to the swings and sees a beautiful girl with multitudes of colorful beads in her hair. With excitement Gina runs over to the girl with the fantastic beads and says, "Hi your hair is so pretty, wanna play". The little girl with the colorful beads (Tracie) takes an immediate liking to Gina and Gina's flowing blond tresses. They have an excellent time playing together and both stop to listen as Rosie is talking to her mother. Neither of the girls can understand what Rosie is saying; they are both curious, so they walk over closer to Rosie. Rosie is happy and excited to join the two girls in their play and explains to them her mother only understands Spanish.

Both Gina and Tracie are enthralled with this strange but not unpleasant sound. Soon all three girls are greatly enjoying their time together. Oh, the beauty and uncomplicated nature of children. Yes, children notice differences; as a matter of fact they are often heard blurting out the most politically incorrect things imaginable. Mama, why is that girl so fat, Mama why is that girl's skin so dark, Mama why does that girl have only one leg, or Mama why are those two daddies holding hands; none of these questions would be a surprise coming from a toddler. However, none of those things would keep the child from wanting to get to know that person or play with that person or keep that child from loving that person. America is an exciting melting pot of ethnicities and diversities. When and why does a child's...