This morning, as I dropped my kids off at daycare, I witnessed something that made me feel hope for our society. My son Matthew, without any acts of prejudice, or thoughts of judgement, ran over and reached up to one of the teachers, who is a wonderful African American lady. Matthew reminded me that prejudice is learned. Prejudice must be taught and instilled. A young child who has yet to be taught such lessons, does not know hate. It was a refreshing and reassuring site that had shown me that we can be better. Hopefully I will make contributions to the improvement of society, and perhaps Matthew will inherit a world that is a bit better. Perhaps we can all learn a lesson from a one-year-old child.
By Derrick Dyess, Executive Council member, Alliance for Equality, University of Southern Mississippi