As you look at this picture, what do you see? Who do you see and why? Unconsciously, we automatically categorise and evaluate what we see. It’s partly a faculty the brain employs to simplify life as it has to process thousands of images a day but … it’s also due to our own conditioning which has led to many filters and prejudices that shape our human interactions for good or bad. When you were last in a public place, inevitably you would have looked at people making conscious and unconscious assessments to pigeonhole people according to gender, wealth, skills, desirability, ethnicity and so on. Even Christians do it! Classification may apply to types of vegetable and animals, but should ‘class’ be applied to human beings?
- ‘The greatest lesson I learned that year in Mrs Henry's class was the lesson Dr Martin Luther King Jr tried to teach us all: Never judge people by the colour of their skin. God makes each of us unique in ways that go much deeper’ – Ruby Bridges
- ‘We judge people based on their clothes, social class, and, dare I say, ethnicity. Our comedians make light of these stereotypes regularly, and we laugh at their accuracy’ – Lecrae