Prejudice Except

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Prejudice


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.


I do believe that we can greatly reduce the amount of prejudice in our world today, yet I
do not think that it will ever completely go away. Society has seemingly come to except
all races, religions, and genders, and supposedly has achieved "political correctness,"
yet there will forever be individuals who discriminate based upon these issues. These
individuals often form large groups that recruit new members to enforce their hatred of
those with a certain religion or skin tone. Obviously, no one can tell these people that
they cannot have their own opinions or beliefs, for they have the right to hate whomever
they like. However, I believe we need to raise our children to accept all people, no
matter what god they do or do not believe in or what color skin they may have. If children
are raised around people who are not the same as they are, then they will most likely not
think anything different of people who do not look the same as them or believe what they
believe. If we raise our children to believe all people are equal from the start, then
prejudice will slowly disintegrate over time.


We, as the human race, need to focus on not judging people before we know them for who
they are. Today, there are so many different people in this world that stereotypes are
almost always incorrect, as many people choose not to be followers, but to be individuals.
I know many white people who, if they see a young black male standing on the corner,
wearing a certain type of clothing, will discern that he is in a gang and has intentions
of hurting others. How could someone say such a thing when all they have seen is one's
appearance? The boy standing there could be a great student in school who helps others and
plans to become someone important in the future. Asians, African-Americans, Hispanics,
Caucasians, and all other ethnic groups need to look past each other's physical attributes
and start looking inside a person to see who they truly are. After all, personalities do
not lie on the outside of one's body, but in one's mind.

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