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Is Charlayne Hunter-Gault Correct That Information Will Reform People?

I recently read a quote by Charlayne Hunter-Gault that goes as follows—

If people are informed they will do the right thing. It’s when they are not informed that they become hostages to prejudice.”

I don’t believe this is correct. I wish I did, but I don’t.

Beyond differences people might have on what the “right thing” might be, I feel that some intentionally choose an evil course.

Others know that things such as racial prejudice, or not assisting the vulnerable, or on a more minor note, driving in a rude manner, are seen by many as bad actions. 

Yet these behaviors and many other bad behaviors show no sign of ending.

Progress is always possible in society. But it will be initiated by just some people instead of by all people. 

And the lessons of progress will be practiced only by some and not by all.

The information needed about decency to others is always out there for all to learn and act upon.  

Some, because they are evil, or selfish, or lazy, are never going to listen.

So while I believe that decent people working together can make life better, I do not believe that information or education will lead the many people committed to bad acts to reform themselves. 

Charlayne Hunter-Gault was one of the first two black students at the University of Georgia and is a former reporter for the New York Times and the McNeil/Lehrer Report. She had to sue for entrance to the Univ. of Georgia. Ms. Hunter-Gault currently is a reporter in South Africa. 

Here is more information on Charlayne Hunter-Gault

April 26, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized | ,


  1. Does she think that people need to be taught to be decent? does she think that classes and a job are going to stop some beer maddened husband from beating his wife and kids? I do not agree that its that simple but its a good foundation to start on the next generation.

    Comment by bill brady | April 27, 2008

  2. It would be a good foundation for progress as we move along.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | April 27, 2008

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