Caught in stereotype


I’m always so grateful to be confronted with my own prejudices in order to weed them out. Last week, as part of a global series I’m doing,  I interviewed a water exec from Saudi Arabia and expected coldness, at the very least — Saudi man, American woman, 11pm interview (Saudi time) during Ramadan. To my surprise and secret chagrin, he was completely delightful — kind, open, personable, ethical and as committed to sharing water with other species as I am. During this week when the Trayvon Martin verdict has caused us to look more deeply at profiling and race relations, I’m glad to have been reminded that stereotypes of any kind can be dead wrong in many, many ways.

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