Do you have a story from your childhood where you felt out of place, different, laughed at?
Maybe it was because you had glasses or braces or acne. Maybe it was because the color of your skin, your hair texture, your accent when you spoke, or because you were quiet and shy. Maybe it was because the way you dressed, or looked, or how non-atheltic or too athletic you were. Maybe it was because the neighborhood you lived in, or the church you went to, or what you packed for lunch…
There are innumerable reasons of why we are different, each and every one of us. From the differences we choose to the differences we’re born with, because differences and diversity abound. And I imagine if you think long enough, you can remember a time in your childhood where you felt out of place because of your differences or at the very least witnessed that.
By the age of 2 children notice gender and racial differences. By the age of 3 children notice physical disabilities. By the age of 4-5 children can become fearful of differences. By the age of 12 children can have stereotypes.