Whether it’s on a survey or part of a security question for a personal account, it is not uncommon to be asked about your “favorite” something. Having favorites seems harmless until they become “preferences.” Unfortunately, in our broken world, preferences can become prejudices and biases.
None of us wants to admit to having prejudiced thoughts or behaviors but consider these questions. Have you ever crossed the street to avoid a person who looked like trouble? Are you automatically critical when you see someone wearing clothing or accessories representing a certain political party?
Racism and prejudice are far more common than they should be among those who agree that “all are created equal.” Whether the distinctions we make are racial, socioeconomic, religious, or political, we often treat people differently because they are different than us or cannot do something for us. James pointed to a better way. He taught that we should treat everyone the same.
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