I came across a post on my dash, and stumbled across a sentence of something that sounded awfully familiar. It read, “I expect the books I read for school to be racist just like I expect white people to be racist. This way there is no surprise when they are, which is 90% of the time.”
You’ll find the Original post here: http://daniellemertina.tumblr.com/post/16266395345
Sure, its no surprise that content within books, especially when it comes from history books, is racist. But when you directly state that you EXPECT all White people to be racist you are engaging in what is called the self-fulfilling prophecy.
In Psychology, a self fulfilling prophecy is a prediction that one makes, which inevitably directly or indirectly causes itself to become true.
Though I do not usually trust Wikipedia, I do believe it stated the definition finely.
The self-fulfilling prophecy is, in the beginning, a false definition of the situation evoking a new behaviour which makes the original false conception come ‘true’. This specious validity of the self-fulfilling prophecy perpetuates a reign of error. For the prophet will cite the actual course of events as proof that he was right from the very beginning.
Many people who declare prophecies that are not true are often thought to be delusional, but in many cases that is not the case, as a delusion is an impossible or fantasy belief. In other words, a prophecy declared as truth when it is actually false may sufficiently influence people, either through fear or logical confusion, so that their reactions ultimately fulfill the once-false prophecy.
After hearing what everyone has had to say, Here are my final thoughts on the matter: http://a-place-to-stand.tumblr.com/post/16465964916/last-note-on-yeah-i-have-no-tolerance-for-racism
Thanks for reading! Peace and love.
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