My Visit To The Museum of Tolerance

March 15, 2009 at 3:01 pm (Random Rambles) (, , , , )

I have wanted to visit the Museum of Tolerance for several years and finally got to go with a group of students this past week. The Museum that I went to is in Los Angeles, CA. It is amazing that it was only 3 days after Bloggers United for Women’s Rights. Talk about a double wake up call, well this was certainly it.

One thing that I do not understand is how we can keep teaching hate. I guess it is born in us to pass the hate on from generation to generation. Are we born with hatred or does it have to be taught?

My trip to the Museum of Tolerance taught me that not one of us is without prejudice. We might think we are but when we reach deep into ourselves and are honest with ourselves we can find that for most of us there is something that would label us as being prejudiced.
Sometimes we think that there is nothing wrong with laughing at an ethnic joke. I might even have some on this blog.

As far as being prejudiced and humor go that is a difficult call. Most comedians use ethnic humor. Most people can laugh at themselves. However when humor turns to how we think people are our we use humor as a way to put people down or insult them, and we really mean it, then we really need to take a look at who we are.

Politicians use stereotypes and fear to reach their goals. The prime use of this was by Hitler. I am not sure what prompted him to hate the Jewish race, but that hatred almost eliminated an entire race of people. Everyone, no matter where they were born has something to contribute to the world.

Blacks in the USA have a history of abuse. The land of equality, freedom, and opportunity for all has still not torn down all the walls of hatred and bigotry. Even though we elected a black President, we are not where we should be with equality in the US.

I intend to post more on this topic in the near future.

I hope if anyone plans a trip to Los Angeles for any reason that you can take some time to include a trip to the Museum of Tolerance.

Museum of Tolerance
9786 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035

There are people in the world who are facing injustice each and every day. Innocent people who are being treated as criminals. We have to find ways to help them. Just by posting on blogs and getting readers is a start. We can reach out to the world to remove fear and hatred by understanding.

I still feel there is Faith and Hope and Love to share with the world.

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