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Today we're talking about prejudice -
judging someone negatively without really knowing them or
because they're different to you.
We're all different from each other, thank goodness!
We all notice things about people.
Notice what I'm wearing?
Whether it's people you know, your friends, your family,
your peers, or people you don't know, on TV, online,
or when you're out and about,
judging someone unfairly because of what they look or sound like,
where they live,
what they wear,
or what they believe in, is prejudiced.
Being Asian and looking different than most other kids growing up,
I've had a lot of kids be prejudiced towards me and it made
me feel bad for being different, like I was being excluded.
As I'm young, many older people doubt my talents and capabilities.
This really infuriates me.
I have been treated as though I am incapable of completing
certain tasks without even trying first, purely because I am a female.
Because I'm transgender, when I was younger I experienced
a lot of prejudice, but not only from kids - from adults as well.
The main kind of prejudice I've experienced is racism,
when someone just makes an assumption about me just
because of the colour of my skin, and that can be really upsetting.
I've always been a tomboy, and I wanted to join the Cubs
because they did more outdoor things, which is what I liked.
Boys didn't accept me at first
and thought I wouldn't be good enough to keep up with them.
This made me determined to prove them wrong
and I worked really hard.
Soon the boys realised I was capable of doing what they do,
and they welcomed me as a part of their group.
I firmly believe boys and girls are equal,
and they can both do things well.
PHONE BEEPS OFF
There's nothing wrong with
but when we make assumptions and
treat people unfairly,
that's prejudice and that's wrong.
It's also easy to be prejudiced
without even realising it.
To exclude, or be mean to,
or about someone,
because of how they look,
their gender, their beliefs,
or because they don't think or act like you.
If you you're being prejudiced
towards someone, stop.
Think about your actions
and apologise. Unfortunately,
most of us will experience prejudice
at some point in our lives.
It can affect our confidence
and make us unhappy.
If this is happening to you,
know that it's wrong.
Talk to someone you trust for help.
I learned to celebrate being different,
and to be proud of being who I am.
Sometimes you just have to educate them on your difference.
For instance, I have one hand, so when people ask,
I explain to them that I was born like it.
Like they have blue eyes and I have brown eyes,
they have two hands and I have one hand.
When you're prejudiced towards someone, you need to understand
that you don't know what they're like, and it order to
know that you have to get to know them and you can't just
assume things about them.
Don't take part in prejudice and speak up against it.
# Don't judge
# Try encouraging instead
# We don't know what goes on
# In other people's heads
# Cos ignoring is boring
# Stand up to excluding
# It's cooler including
# Don't hold a grudge against
# Someone you don't even know
# Cos who knows?
# A great friendship could grow
# So don't judge. #
Let's celebrate our differences and enjoy who we are.
If you want to find out more info, head to the CBBC website.
Keep babbling and keep being awesome.
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.