Prejudice is a terrible thing. As long as people still roam the Earth, prejudice will never
cease. How ever long that we the people stay here on Earth, that is how long prejudice
will last. We have tried to abolish prejudice, but it always comes back full force. People
take into consideration peoples race and ethnicity, and if it is different from theirs, then
that person probably is prejudice towards them in some way, shape, or form. Prejudice
has been with Mankind since the beginning of time. The easiest example of prejudice is
when it comes to black and white. Since blacks were slaves in the beginning of American
history, there has been a prejudice against the black race ever since. Some Whites figure
they are superior to all other races, especially blacks since they once were property to the
white man. Most American people realize that slavery was a very terrible thing that
happened in America\'s past. Yet there are still some racist people who believe that the
blacks should still be property or are less of a human. What are they thinking? Can they
not realize that they are humans just like you and I? Since slavery, there have been all
kinds of attempts to curve prejudice and abolish it; but as long as people are still here, it\'s
impossible. One way that America tried to stop prejudice was an act called Affirmative
Action. Not only did it not work, but also it is a form of prejudice all by itself.
Affirmative Action is a quota for job employment and also for school acceptance,
especially the acceptance in to colleges. It states that a certain amount of people from
each race can be allowed into a school. It also states that employers have to hire a certain
number of people from different races. Affirmative Action is so prejudice; I don\'t know
how it even was thought of. First of all, Affirmative Action discriminates against people
who are smarter than most of the applicants, but don\'t get the job or acceptance to college
because there is a quota for the school acceptance that had to be filled with people from
other races. Then there is the fact that your acceptance to a job or college depends
primarily on your race. That means right when you are born, you could be set back in life
just because of the race you were born with. Getting back to trying to abolish prejudice
brings up an interesting statement made by Vincent N. Parrillo, who said, "Although
many social scientists have attempted to identify the causes of prejudice, no single factor
has proven to be an adequate explanation. Prejudice is a complex phenomenon, and it is
most likely to be the product of more than one casual agent"(573). To try and get rid of
prejudice, we would need to find the source of where it comes from. Parrillo gives some
of the sources, which are socialization, self-justification, personality, frustration,
competition, and social norms. Parrillo says that not one of these is a strong source of
prejudice or racism, but when they are combined, that is what powers up prejudice.
When it comes to abolishing prejudice, it is Conrad Aiken who says it best, "If we were
to wake some morning and find that everyone was the same race, creed, and color, we
would find some other causes for prejudice by noon"(Paige). People in general hold so
many prejudices that it is impossible to get rid of all of them. Even if we take race and
other factors out of the picture, Americans will still find something to be prejudice about;
probably about something that was listed by Parrillo, like competition or personality.
When prejudice is brought up, I never want to be a part of it. I tell myself I am not
prejudice, but I can not say ii am completely not prejudice. Even though my two best
friends are Asian and Black, I am still prejudice in other ways. My friends and I make fun
of each other sometimes when something happens. For example, when my best friends
come over and the dogs bark at them, I say, "It\'s because you\'re Black, or because you are
Vietnamese." They completely know I\'m joking and so do I. We both think it is funny. By
dogs bark at everybody no matter what you look like. My dogs are probably the least
prejudice species in the world. It is the Homosapien species that need to figure out how
to not