Discrimination Essay

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Associate Program Material Discrimination Worksheet Write a 100- to 200-word response to each of the following questions. Provide citations for all the sources you use. • What is discrimination? How is discrimination different from prejudice and stereotyping? According to our text, “discrimination is the denial of opportunities and equal rights to individuals and groups because of prejudice or for other arbitrary reasons” (Schaefer, p.35, 2012), “prejudice is a negative attitude toward an entire category of people, such as racial or ethnic minority” (Schaefer, p.35, 2012), and stereotyping “is unreliable, exaggerated generalizations about all members of a group that do not take individual differences into account” (Schaefer, p.40, 2012). The difference is in the actual act of defying the laws set in place for things such as employment and fair housing versus a judgement upon character by what they have come to know as true by other indiduals say so’s. Prejudice and discrimination are related to each other, but are not the same. • What are the causes of discrimination? The Manual on Human Rights Education for Children (2005), stated “there is a cause for discrimination based on a variety of factors. Article 2 of the CRC, for example, specifically names as causes of discrimination, “the child’s or his or her parent’s or legal guardian’s race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national, ethnic or social origin, property, disability, birth or other status.” The final item, “or other status”, allows for many other causes of discrimination such as social class, occupation, sexual orientation or preferred language”(Ch.5,Themes,para.3). There are so many different causes of discrimination that it is hard to tell when it is subtle and most obvious when blatant. What we as citizens need to worry about are the

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