Malcolm Gladwell's been writing about prejudice lately on his blog, and it got me thinking about my own biases. I have a bias against:
- people with those grommets in their ears that stretch out their earlobes with big holes in the middle.
- women with huge blingy diamond rings
- people who have 'witty' bumper stickers on their cars
- women who wear headbands
- people who played baseball in college
- Jimmy Buffet fans
In every case except the grommet ears and the witty bumper stickers, I've overcome my prejudices and have warm and respectful relationships with people who meet the criteria above. Somehow that hasn't gotten rid of the bias, though. Maybe I should start looking for some bumper sticker and grommet ear friends, to open my mind a little bit more.
- people who sail Catalinas or Hunters