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Eliminating prejudice starts at home I believe that we can greatly reduce the amount of prejudice in our world today We need to start by raising our children to accept all people no matter how different they might seem If children are raised around people who are not the same as they are then they will most likely not think anything different of people who do not look the same as them or believe what they believe If we raise our children to believe all people are equal from the start then prejudice will slowly disintegrate over time People tend to be prejudiced because they fear the unknown Whether the unknown is a different race religion or sexual orientation people must educate themselves and their children about these differences We as the human race need to focus on not judging people before we know them for who they are We need to look past each others physical traits and start looking inside a person to see who they truly are After all personalities do not lie on the outside of ones body but in ones mind Children learn biases from important adults in their lives from the media from books and from peers Parents need to talk to their kids to give them accurate information and to reinforce when their behaviors indicate a value of differences as opposed to a prejudice Above all parents should ensure their words of wisdom are in tune with their actions Sending a contradictory message only reinforces prejudices and stereotypes I believe people need to stop following the crowd and form their own opinions If we want to make a difference we need to instill in our children that being different
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