Monday, 15 July 2013

Katie Hopkins, prejudices, and our fears

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Last week, Katie Hopkins stirred up much hatred across the country for admitting she wouldn’t like her children to play with kids whose names expose their lower class roots.

We’ve all been told that judging a book by its cover is morally wrong. Yet, we’ve all allowed our prejudices to take control of us at some point in our lives.

Sometimes our prejudices lead us to think irrationally – like believing everyone called Osama is an extremist, or a man named Oswald is automatically an upper-class toff.

Sometimes our prejudices lead us to doing controversial things, even if they are based on good intentions – like trying to protect your children from danger by segregating them from specific groups within society.

Katie Hopkins’ prejudices were based on exactly this idea. She considered what would be the best upbringing for her children, a dilemma all parents are faced with every single day.

What links Katie’s and all our prejudices together is one simple thing – fear.

Our fear of the unknown leads us to think and do irrational and controversial things. It stops us from talking to people like Osama and Oswald; it stops us from allowing our children to play with others; it stops us from taking an active role in our communities.

The Challenge Network brings together young people of all names, from all income backgrounds to help alleviate their fears of one another and better shape their communities. 

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