Friday, March 27, 2015

A Basic Cause of Race Prejudice

"The prevalent tendency toward softmindednes is found in man's unbelievable gullibility...Softminded individuals are prone to embrace all kinds of superstitions. Their minds are constantly invaded by irrational fears,which range from fear of Friday the thirteenth to fear of a black cat crossing one's path...Softmindedness is one of the basic causes of race prejudice.  The tough-minded person always examines the facts before he reaches conclusion; in short, he postjudges...The shape of the world today does not permit the luxury of softmindedness.  A nation or a civilization that continues to produce soft minded men purchases its own spiritual death on an installment plan."

---Martin Luther King, Jr.

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