Quote from redstonevet90
Differences aren't appreciated because we are taught not to recognize them. For example, just look at gay rights and race issues. People are taught not to point out that there is differences between people. But it's perfectly ok to be different! We will never be all the same and we shouldn't want to be.
I also think anti-bullying campaigns are fundamentally flawed. They are trying to stop bullying. You won't ever stop it; just like you'll never stop racism, or discrimination. Instead to opposing it they need to be teaching kids how to handle being bullied and how to stand up and put a stop to it on your own. Bullies always pick the weakest most vulnerable targets because they are cowards.
if you are going to approach bullying from the start as if it is this unstoppable deadly force when kids do get bullied they are not going to know what to do and have the mindset of "Oh, my God this is horrible." You have to teach kids that bullying isn't this big monster. That they have the power to stop it on their own and just because you are bullied it doesn't mean that there is anything wrong with you.
I don't think there's anything wrong with trying to stop bullying, but I think there's a problem to approaching it as a single issue. You have to address ALL parties - both those who perform the bullying, and those who are on the receiving end of bullying. The onlookers should not be chastised, of course.
It does seem that "you'll never stop bullying/discrimination/etc. is a remarkably pessimistic view of things, though, isn't it?
I do think that acceptance of gays will seriously help, if we can get to the point where discrimination/hatred of gays in considered unacceptable. Then, those who choose to bully people based on sexual orientation will have no support, while the victims of such discrimination/bullying WILL be supported.