Prejudice : Prejudice And Prejudice

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This section of the course gave me a more in depth understanding of how many different forms prejudice can take place. Prior to the material in this section, I defined being prejudiced in terms of old-fashioned prejudice, explicit attitudes towards another individual. These attitudes would be restricted to being negative, especially towards minority groups. Now I see that this interpretation is not always the case, as prejudice is actually more complex. I have learned that prejudice can be rather implicit for the most part and project itself in ways that one is not usually aware. Modern symbolic, aversive, and ambivalent prejudice all have an implicit component of prejudice and can result in discrimination. Currently, forms of blatant prejudice are unacceptable in many societies. Even though negative prejudice is not though of very fondly, it still happens. It does not happen very explicitly as old-fashioned prejudice, but it happens in less observable ways. One of the ways we can see prejudice is through Modern Symbolic prejudice. Modern Symbolic prejudice is low on explicit prejudice, but high on implicit attitudes. The individuals who hold these beliefs tend to think that prejudice and discrimination is no longer present in our society and believe that we are in a state of equality. This may seem to be true in some ways since old-fashioned prejudice is no longer common. These individuals believe that everyone is equal and we are all capable of being well off without

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