The Act of Prejudice Essay

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“Prejudice is a negative attitude toward an entire group.” (Schaefer, 2011, p 32) As the text states and I agree prejudice is a learned behavior. The act of prejudice behavior has three components: a person’s thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs. I was unaware that discrimination and prejudice is not the same thing. As where prejudice is a belief system, discrimination is action. “Discrimination is the denial of opportunities and equal rights to individuals and groups because of prejudice of for other arbitrary reasons.” (Schaefer, 2011, p 36) When a person is born they have no concept of the world, people, skin color, or racial problems – so it can be inferred that these concepts must be taught. “Friends, relatives, newspapers, books, movies, television, and the Internet all teach it.” (Schaefer, 2011, p 38) There will always be prejudice in America because of scapegoating, authoritarian personality, exploitation, and the normative approach. I feel that the main reason why prejudice will continue in American is because of the scapegoating theory. People are always looking to blame someone else for their problems. Take the issue of Mexicans crossing the border whether it is legal or illegal. Some Americans blame the influx of Mexicans for the decrease in jobs. People have been scapegoating other groups for centuries. Scapegoating has been around since biblical times and was an “injunction telling the Hebrews to send a goat into the wilderness to symbolically carry away the people’s sins.” (Schaefer, 2011, p 38) It is easier to blame someone else for your lack of skills and education. Taking responsibility for yourself comes easier when you can blame your shortcomings on another group of people. Until American society ceases blaming other people for their hardships I fear prejudice may never defeated. Schaefer, R. (2011). Racial and ethnic groups: Census update

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