Essay about Differences Between The And The Holocaust

950 Words Nov 9th, 2015 4 Pages
Innate is defined as existing in one from birth. Prejudice, however, is any preconceived opinion or feeling formed beforehand, either favorable or unfavorable, without knowledge, thought, or reason. The assumptions of other races, religions, financial backgrounds or gender are not determined at birth. With internment camps, slavery and the Holocaust, prejudice against certain races have been part of the human history for a long time. Prejudice is not something innate, but taught or learned. Children are born innocent, thus have no prior animosity against anyone of different backgrounds or race. The media and events can reinforce stereotypes, influencing peoples’ views, and thus making them prejudiced. As stereotypes and prejudice go hand in hand, prejudice is not innate but learned instead.
As Nelson Mandela said, ‘No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart that it’s opposite.’ Children are born innocent, and pure without knowing right from wrong unless taught. Without any predetermined hate for others, it can be concluded that children are taught prejudice. Similarly, children can mimic their parent’s behavior. With parents as role models, prejudice can be learned at a very young age. An example of prejudice being taught is Hitler Youth. Its initial goal was to enable the youth…

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