Prejudice Will Stand Forever

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Instances of prejudice and discrimination are far from rare; in fact, they occur more often than one may think. Many people have tried to explain the reasoning of why people are prejudiced and discriminate against one another. Two readings about prejudice are "Causes of Prejudice" and "C.P. Ellis." In the essay, "Causes of Prejudice," the author Vincent N. Parrillo explains the reasons for racism and discrimination in the United States. In Studs Terkel’s essay "C.P. Ellis," he tells us the story of C.P. Ellis, a former Klansmen who claims he is no longer racist. Based on Parrillo's essay, we will analyze what caused C.P. Ellis to be prejudice and how he changed. Ellis was a white male from a low-income class. His frustrations and misfortunes lead him to become a member of the Ku Klux Klan. His father always told Ellis to stay away from blacks, Jews, and Catholics’ and he obeyed his father’s wishes. His father pasted away when he was only 17 years of age and was forced to work and become the bread supplier. His frustrations built over time when he had four children and was not making enough money to tend to his children which one needed special attention. Ellis began to blame the black people for his tragedy and his misfortune of not being able to have sufficient funds. In fact, Parrillo explains in his essay “frustrations tend to increase aggression toward others” (583). He directed his anger to those he was always told to avoid which he stated, “I didn’t know who to blame. I tried to find somebody. I began to blame it on black people. I had to hate somebody” (593). He assumed blaming others rather than himself was the best way to get over his frustrations but little did he know it was the beginning of his racist rampage. Ellis shows throughout the essay that he is weak minded and has very low self-esteem. Parrillo states that “self-justification”
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