Prejudice Today Essay

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Keshab Sharma Professor DeRoulet Writing 1 4/18/14 Prejudice Today When a person hears the word prejudice, he or she might think it only refers to the racial prejudice often found between those with light skin and those with dark skin. However, prejudice runs much deeper than a person’s color. Prejudice is found between gender, religion, cultural and geographical background, and race. People have discriminated against others based upon these attributes from the beginning of time. Prejudice has become a complex problem in our society today and much of our world’s history is based upon such hatred. In the 1600′s, white men used Africans as slaves and treated them as if they were not human. “Colored” people were not even allowed to use the same drinking fountains as white people until the mid-1900′s. Hitler and his men killed over five million people because they were Jewish or were not their definition of “normal.” The Ku Klux Klan exists today and openly professes its hatred towards Jews and colored people. Our society is riddled with such hatred based upon peoples’ beliefs and origins and it seems millions are fighting each other for no relevant reason at all. In the essay “Models of American Ethnic Relations: A Historical Perspective”, George M. Fredrickson provides historical outlook of racism and prejudice in United States by using the ethnic relations between Americans in different era. He focuses his argument on the attitude and relationship between the dominant and the minority groups. Similarly, in the essay “Causes of Prejudice”, Vincent N. Parrillo provides psychological and sociological perspective on prejudicial attitude exhibited by the dominant groups. In his essay, Parrillo argues that the causes of prejudice is an extremely complex phenomenon, and very difficult blame it one single cause. However, Parrillo states that the understanding

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