Prejudice, Discrimination, And Biases Essay

1106 Words Nov 10th, 2016 5 Pages
Everyone whether it be consciously or unconsciously, have their own preferences, prejudices, and biases. The environment and individuals in one’s life affect what prejudices or biases a person develops. Every individual carries with them their biases that they have been taught or developed over time. Even though we may try to let go of our prejudices, subtle forms of it linger in our unconscious minds and may affect our attitudes and behaviors. Individuals most commonly will have prejudice against individuals who are a different gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or culture. Prejudice is also confused as being the same as stereotyping or discrimination. Prejudice is “a feeling of like or dislike for someone or something especially when it is not reasonable or logical”. Stereotyping is “to believe unfairly that all people or things with a particular characteristic are the same”. Discrimination is the “practice of unfairly treating a person or group of people differently from other people or groups of people”. Discrimination happens when you act on your prejudice. There are many reasons which people are prejudice towards others. One reason is to justify social inequalities when people on both sides of power and wealth start believing that people get what they deserve and deserve what they get. So in a sense this is similar to saying that people are part of a minority group due to the fact that they do not work hard enough to get themselves out. Another reason why a…

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