All my life I’ve dealt with race-related assumptions made against me. There’s nothing more frustrating and emotionally distorting than being judged and treated as someone you are not. I am an individual. My upbringing formed me and my siblings into unique individuals. The outside world is unfamiliar with this and won’t accept it. Nonetheless, it’s real; as real as the many things about me and my family that do not conform to assumptions made against people who look like us. The perpetual slights and judgements I receive from the outside world and even some friends who have yet to know my upbringing and life journey intimately, have induced me to write examinations on race, gender, social issues and where supposed human intellectuality rests on each issue. Just how intellectually advanced are we humans? That’s the prime question in all my stories.
Below is a quote written with my official pen name, The Clerk.
The foolish don’t ask questions, but make assumptions.
The arrogant believe in their assumptions.
And arrogant, narrow-minded fools act on the assumptions they believe.
The intelligent ask questions not simply to avoid being foolish, arrogant, and narrow-minded, but to gain more knowledge and understanding of the complexities and variations in the world around us.
– The Clerk
That’s right, those who ask questions get smarter, while those who rely on assumptions only make further fools of themselves.
Know someone who trusts and acts on their assumptions — a prejudice teacher, a close-minded relative, or a co-worker? Share this quote with them. Perhaps they’ll reflect on their line of reasoning — rather, lack thereof.