The problem with profiling, stereotyping and guessing is that we’re wrong, most of the time.
Americans believe that 17% of the country is made up of Muslims, 42% are born abroad and 23% are LBGTQ.
When in fact, 1% of the country is made up of Muslims, 13% are from abroad and 4% identify as LGBTQ.
We think that crime rates are higher than they actually are. We think that we give more foreign aid than we actually do.
The problem is when we lean on cable news and social media feeds to inform us, we end up feeding our biases and prejudices.
Only when we learn to own our stories can we change them. It’s the first step in building a culture that we can all be proud of.