Prejudice: It’s Not Just Race

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Prejudice: It’s Not Just Race.

Prejudices come in many forms. Some are familiar; color, creed, religious persuasion, are all common themes. But really there are a multitude of other kinds, many of which are socially acceptable and even encouraged in some circles. One such prejudice is over hobbies. It sounds silly but there is only a slight difference in degree. Here are some examples. Look at a sports arena, just about any sport and you’ll find diehard fans dressed in their teams’ colors or as their mascot. Many will chuckle and move on with the game. However take this same scene to, say, a sci-fi convention and you’ll find the same diehard fans dressed as Storm Troopers and Starfleet Officers. The difference? Ridicule. The Sports fan is merely “showing his spirit” whereas the sci-fi fan is “some loser who needs a life”. [ (Garmon) ]
“And all I could think of was how grotesquely unfair it is that science fiction and comics fans are tagged as nerds and dweebs and treated in a condescending manner when sports fans are just as ‘bad’ if not ‘worse.’ … Maybe the only way science fiction and comic book conventions will gain genuine respectability is if they become designed, not for socialization or debate, but about being as aggressive as possible about separating fans from their money. You know; Like pro sports.”

This is because we’re a minority. We are considered outsiders. But there is no difference between the two. Both are fans of a hobby they love and enjoy, occasionally to an extreme degree, but still a similar passion as others who may share their interest to any degree. However, as it is socially acceptable to be a sports fanatic, you may get some good natured jeers from your friends. But you’re supporting you favorite team, right? But the men and women who go to conventions are met with shocked stares and condescending glances if their…...

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