I wanted to write about this topic after my short conversation last week with a group of teens from age 12-17 about racial stereotypes. We all make…

I wanted to write about this topic after my short conversation last week with a group of teens from age 12-17 about racial stereotypes. We all make observations and assumptions but as we grow and learn more about the world, more often than not, our assumptions about other people are incorrect. Just as we do not want people to make assumptions about us, we should always leave our mind open and avoid judgment at our best. I wrote earlier about teenage suicide due to negative judgment and social bias towards gays and lesbians. Those cases exemplify the effect that judgmental comments can have on you and other people. If you are giving out stereotypical comments about others, you should be aware that there is a limit to freedom of speech and the act of giving out those comments along already make people loose their respect to you. Beside, other cultures and communities have a lot to offer so it is always good to learn more about the diversity of people surrounding you. You will be surprise to learn how many incredibly amazing individuals yours and other communities have in store. However, if you are receiving those hurtful comments, you should stand up for yourself and try not to let them have negative influences on your life. If it gets extreme, you can always call the National Runaway Switchboard and let us know because we can help.

–Phy