The other day, I was thrilled to spot a link someone posted on social media pointing to an article titled “The Last Acceptable Prejudice.” I was excited because for the past two decades, I’ve been a casual collector of things that people claim is the Last Acceptable Prejudice (LAP). I’ve heard of LAPs from boyfriends, relatives, casual acquaintances, and of course from op-ed writers for years, and amazingly, very few LAPs ever match one another.
This is fascinating to me because by definition, there can only be one LAP. “Last” means “final,” and so amongst the many LAPs I’ve heard, all but one can only be, at best, the Penultimate Acceptable Prejudice (PAP), and even that can’t be awarded until we’re down to just Two Remaining Acceptable Prejudices (TRAP).
Without further ado, here is a partial list of the LAPs I have heard people proclaim (links to articles when I had them handy). Which will be the one true LAP, after humanity has finally rid itself of all other acceptable prejudices?
The Irish (US)
The Irish (from Ireland)
Indians (from India)
The mentally ill
People with accents
So which one do you think it will be? How long will it take for us to wipe out all the other LAPs? Leave your prediction below.
Featured image unrelated to post, unless and until kittens become the true LAP.