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Prejudice Starts Early

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The girls are looking at the boys’ pics on Facebook, giggling.

’Look at this one,’ says Mia.

She points at one where Neo and Ty are screaming at the camera.

’Cool,’ says Lin.

She points at another one. The boys are chugging two beers.

’Awesome,’ says Mia.

‘This one here, look!’

The boys are hustling. Ty has just shoved Neo — eyes wide open, Neo’s tripping over — Neo’s rolling on the floor — Neo’s laughing — Ty screaming at the camera, arms high, fists clenched.

‘They’re so cute!’

‘Could eat that dish!’

The girls continue clicking through the boys’ photo album, eyes glued on the laptop screen.

‘Wait a minute,’ says Lin. ‘Who’s taking the pictures?’

‘Don’t know.’

They fidget in their seats, their brows knotting up.

The boys are leaning toward the camera, their hands outstretched.

‘Selfies?’ giggles Mia. ‘With a timer?’

‘Whaaat!’ says Lin.

The girls stare at each other and laugh, clicking through the rest of the album. The boys are sitting on the couch, looking at the camera, making faces at it. Ty is pointing at the camera with Neo laughing his head off. Their shoulders are touching, Neo leaning slightly in on Ty.

‘Ew!’ says Lin.

‘Lame movie. Rated G! A! Y!’

‘Whatever!’

They shut the screen and start playing Angry Birds: Halloween on their smart phones, telling each other about Leif, the new dish at school.

The moral of the story? Prejudice starts early, and not all of it comes from jocks and dick heads.

From your zinging Spin Doctor,

Eyes open, mind sharp.