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Prejudice

The Lifebabble team tackle issues important to young people. The team talk about prejudice - what it means and how it feels to experience prejudice.


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Hey, Lifebabblers.

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Today we're talking about prejudice -

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judging someone negatively without really knowing them or

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because they're different to you.

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We're all different from each other, thank goodness!

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We all notice things about people.

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Notice what I'm wearing?

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Whether it's people you know, your friends, your family,

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your peers, or people you don't know, on TV, online,

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or when you're out and about,

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judging someone unfairly because of what they look or sound like,

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where they live,

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what they wear,

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or what they believe in, is prejudiced.

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Being Asian and looking different than most other kids growing up,

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I've had a lot of kids be prejudiced towards me and it made

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me feel bad for being different, like I was being excluded.

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As I'm young, many older people doubt my talents and capabilities.

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This really infuriates me.

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I have been treated as though I am incapable of completing

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certain tasks without even trying first, purely because I am a female.

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Because I'm transgender, when I was younger I experienced

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a lot of prejudice, but not only from kids - from adults as well.

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The main kind of prejudice I've experienced is racism,

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when someone just makes an assumption about me just

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because of the colour of my skin, and that can be really upsetting.

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PHONE RINGS

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I've always been a tomboy, and I wanted to join the Cubs

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because they did more outdoor things, which is what I liked.

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Boys didn't accept me at first

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and thought I wouldn't be good enough to keep up with them.

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This made me determined to prove them wrong

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and I worked really hard.

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Soon the boys realised I was capable of doing what they do,

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and they welcomed me as a part of their group.

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I firmly believe boys and girls are equal,

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and they can both do things well.

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PHONE BEEPS OFF

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There's nothing wrong with

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noticing differences,

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but when we make assumptions and

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treat people unfairly,

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that's prejudice and that's wrong.

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It's also easy to be prejudiced

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without even realising it.

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To exclude, or be mean to,

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or about someone,

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because of how they look,

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their gender, their beliefs,

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or because they don't think or act like you.

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If you you're being prejudiced

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towards someone, stop.

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Think about your actions

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and apologise. Unfortunately,

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most of us will experience prejudice

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at some point in our lives.

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It can affect our confidence

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and make us unhappy.

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If this is happening to you,

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know that it's wrong.

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Talk to someone you trust for help.

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I learned to celebrate being different,

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and to be proud of being who I am.

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Sometimes you just have to educate them on your difference.

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For instance, I have one hand, so when people ask,

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I explain to them that I was born like it.

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Like they have blue eyes and I have brown eyes,

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they have two hands and I have one hand.

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When you're prejudiced towards someone, you need to understand

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that you don't know what they're like, and it order to

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know that you have to get to know them and you can't just

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assume things about them.

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Don't take part in prejudice and speak up against it.

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# Don't judge

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# Try encouraging instead

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# We don't know what goes on

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# In other people's heads

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# Cos ignoring is boring

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# Stand up to excluding

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# It's cooler including

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# Don't hold a grudge against

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# Someone you don't even know

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# Cos who knows?

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# A great friendship could grow

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# So don't judge. #

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Let's celebrate our differences and enjoy who we are.

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If you want to find out more info, head to the CBBC website.

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Keep babbling and keep being awesome.

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The Lifebabble team talk about prejudice - what it means and how it feels to experience prejudice. Dr Aaron gives advice on how it can be easy to be prejudiced without realising it and Ollie sings a positive song about not judging.