Good v. Bad Prejudice

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Good v. Bad PrejudiceWritten by: Matt McCleary, Senior Accounting Major

On October 5, 2005 the Student Senate voted 13-12 in favor of a proclamation that will allow SAGA to observe National Coming Out Day on October 12. The Chart cited a major concern of the senators voting for the proclamation was confirming the presence of a prejudice problem on campus.

In case some of us haven’t noticed-but I am sure the leadership of B-GLAD and SAGA have-72% of Missouri voters share the same prejudice against the people these two organizations seek to promote. Remember that proposed amendment banning gay marriage that was on the ballot last year? It passed.

The idea of prejudice, at the forefront of every minority struggle, has been given the image of abuse. This was apparent in the fears of some of the senators who voted for this proclamation.

Prejudice can work for the betterment of our campus, our state, and our country. Through prejudice, society can protect the common beliefs of a nation. We can also use the innate sense of what is clearly right and clearly wrong and shared by most people to enforce rules for or against those acts.

Through prejudice America has ousted odious dictatorships, the Allies defeated the spread of Nazism and Communism, and 72% of Missouri voters kept marriage between one man and one woman.

The idea of prejudice will be used to liken Southern Slavery to Ellen Degeneres, all to turn our own compassion against our values. However, prejudice can hold society up to higher standards when its meaning is not skewed. In this light, I am proud of the prejudice at MSSU. I also hope that in the future our student leadership will stand up for the student majority, which does not support the mission of SAGA or B-GLAD.

-Matt [email protected]