Spec com­plicit in anti-vaxxer prej­u­dice

RE: Kids of anti-vaxxers deal with more stigma (May 25)

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

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

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