I’ve been debating whether youth today are more accepting of people who are different from them, and by different I don’t just mean ethnic or cultural…

I’ve been debating whether youth today are more accepting of people who are different from them, and by different I don’t just mean ethnic or cultural differences.  Sometimes, I feel like we’re much more accepting of diversity than our parents, but occasionally I feel like we haven’t changed.

 

I go to a really diverse school, so encountering people of different sizes, shapes, cultures, economic backgrounds…it’s commonplace to make friends with all types of people. However, there’s still a lot of unnecessary prejudice. There have been racial slurs and other derogatory terms thrown at each other.

 

There are some people in the program I’m enrolled in who really should hear themselves speak sometimes when they talk about people who are “different” from them. For a program that is supposedly grooming students to become “open-minded” towards other cultures, I’ve encountered a lot of ignorance.

 

– Allyson