Not to startle you, but you have a narrative in your head. Dozens of them, in fact.

You’re hardly unique. We all carry around these narratives, these perceptions of How Things Are: customer service is extinct; athletes are spoiled and overpaid; kids these days don’t know what real music is; this newspaper has an anti-conservative/anti-liberal bias, whatever.

Some narratives are unsupported by fact, others sit atop a mountain of empirical evidence. The point is, we all have them, and when some incident appears to confirm one, we rush to use it in our blogs, our barroom debates, our newspaper columns.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/07/28/1749448/separate-fact-from-prejudice.html#ixzz0vIH0RuAP

via Separate fact from prejudice – Leonard Pitts Jr. – MiamiHerald.com.

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