Spec complicit in anti-vaxxer prejudice
RE: Kids of anti-vaxxers deal with more stigma (May 25)
It pains me to have to write this letter in 2017. What if this study was 40 years ago, and rather than “kids of anti-vaxxers” it studied the stigma that biracial children faced in a mostly white classroom? Would the blame for such behaviour be placed on the biracial children’s parents for their conscientious choice to love outside the socially acceptable norms of the day? We hope not, don’t we? In fact we’ve learned that the blame rests with the white kids’ parents for teaching that intolerance.
The blame, in this case, should also be directed at the parents who teach their children to hate and fear what they don’t understand. Frankly, your paper is complicit in spreading these attitudes.
Andrew Tsekrekos, Hamilton