“Children are brainwashed. Prejudice is fed into the child with mother’s milk.”
— Henri Vander Kolk
I don’t remember what I was fed with my mother’s milk, but I do remember what I was fed when I graduated from the teat to cup.
I started going to Sunday school before I could read and write, but I could sing. We all sang and the song I remember best had these words: “Red and yellow, black and white, we are precious in His sight. We are all the little children of the Lord.”
This meant that God loves all little children. The message of that Sunday school song stayed with me.
When children are very young, they tend to accept things the way they are. Dr. Diller, who delivered me and was our family doctor, was Caucasian and his wife, Helene, was a Negro. This seemed perfectly natural to me. And in the context of our small rural village, I guess it was.
Did I have prejudices? Of course. In addition to being born Protestant, I was born Republican and anti-union. So Protestant religions were the best, Republicans were good and unions were bad.
As an adult I have been a union member and have voted mostly for Democrats but also Republicans and Greens. I’m still a Protestant and the religious leaders I admire most are Father Daniel Berrigan, Father Thomas Berry, Father John Dear, and the Dalai Lama.
Today I believe there are many paths to the truth and my path is one among many.