Discrimination Worksheet Wk3

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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? Discrimination is the denial of opportunities and equal rights to individuals and groups because of prejudice or for other arbitrary reasons. Stereotyping, we know from last week’s reading is unreliable, exaggerated generalizations about all members of a group that do not take individual differences into account. Schaefer states “Prejudice and discrimination are related concepts but are not the same. Prejudice is a negative attitude toward an entire category of people. The two important components in this definition are attitude and entire category. Prejudice involves attitudes, thoughts, and beliefs, not actions.” (Schaefer, 2012, pp.35). The only thing that differs discrimination from prejudice and stereotyping is actions. So the denial of opportunities and equal rights to individuals and groups because of prejudice or other arbitrary reasons is the action that distinguishes discrimination from the other two definitions. • What are the causes of discrimination? According to the text discrimination is caused by a number of social factors. Some of the things we can do to eliminate it are to: Act. Do something. In the face of hatred, apathy will be taken as acceptances even by the victims of prejudice themselves. Unite. Call a friend or coworker. Organize a group of like-thinking friends from school or your place of worship or club. Support the victims. Victims of hate crimes are especially vulnerable. Do your homework. If you suspect a hate crime has been committed, do your research to document it. Speak up. You, too, have First Amendment rights. Denounce the hatred, the cruel jokes.

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