“Stereotypes are fast and easy, but they are lies, and the truth takes its time.”
How do we learn, I wonder often
To put them in boxes, all women and men
Straitjacket them by country, race, color
By height, build, hair texture, gender..
Make some assumptions right off the bat
At times subconsciously, not realizing that
The stereotypical roles that we assign
To real human beings in our prejudiced minds
Represent them they do not, instead
They are a reflection of what we have been fed-
Preconceived notions borne out of distrust and fear
We take as gospel truth whatever we hear
Again and again, such that we do not realize
How we form opinions just by laying our eyes
On people, without getting to know them first
Of all our habits, this might be the worst..
Many of us are guilty, and many have faced
Similar prejudices; have heard comments laced
With criticism of cohorts to which we belong
When directed at us, such stereotyping feels just wrong..
My prejudiced notions I am trying to eliminate
Even as I teach my child not to berate
Anyone, based on their affiliations
Instead get to know them and their situations
People are more complex in this complex world
Than to be described in few generic words!