Prejudice Essay

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Prejudice Prejudice is a preconceived judgment not based on reason or experience and is usually unfavourable. In other words, it is an unreasonable attitude that is usually resistant to rationale influence. When prejudice is being carried out, it is know as discrimination. Prejudice comes in different forms. Racism, sexism, ageism, nationalism, religious and socio-economic status are some of the common types of prejudice present in our society. However, have you ever thought about how prejudice comes about, what it can do to us and how we can actually reduce it? A person’s upbringing and separation from the outside world are some causes of prejudice. In the book of To Kill a Mockingbird, practically everyone in Maycomb, except Atticus Finch and his children, looks down on the blacks as well as the whites that are not very well off. This prejudice passes down the generations as everyone has been, in some way or another, brainwashed and influenced by their elders as they grow up. It hence led to the innocent Tom Robinson, a black, to be accused of raping Mayella Ewell, a white. In another situation, Arthur Boo Radley had been locked up by his father ever since his misdemeanor was committed during his teenage years. He totally lost contact with the outside world and everyone began wondering what had happened to him. It was then that rumours about Boo Radley becoming crazy started to spread and anything bad that happened in Maycomb was linked to him. Stereotyping and inequality are results of prejudice. In the United States, for example, racial groups are linked to stereotypes such as being good at math, athletics, dancing and so forth. So well known are these stereotypes in the United States that the average American would likely not hesitate if asked to identify which racial group in this country is known for excelling in basketball. With prejudice present in

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