Prejudice: a Worldwide Problem

1429 WordsMay 26, 20056 Pages
Prejudice: A Worldwide Problem There is a dangerous and often deadly problem in the world today. It reaches beyond political and religious boundaries and spans across all economic and social statuses. It affects the homeless, middleclass, and the richest people in society. The problem is prejudice. In America, when we think of prejudice we often think of it in terms of Black and White. However, prejudice is much more than that. It is a broad term that can encompass things like racism, sexism, and religious persecution. The Encarta World English Dictionary defines prejudice as "a preformed opinion, usually an unfavorable one, based on insufficient knowledge, irrational feelings, or inaccurate stereotypes" and "the holding of opinions that…show more content…
Every time I heard my father make a comment like that one, it baffled me. I know that my father is not prejudiced or racist, but whenever he was frustrated with the driver in front of him, in spite of his many years of education, he simply repeated the phrase he had learned from his father. Fortunately, in my family, that was the most severe form of prejudice that I ever experienced while growing up. Sadly, that is not the only personal experience I have had with prejudice. My career, both in the military and in the civilian sector, has taken me to many different parts of the world. I previously worked in the Middle East for several years and had the opportunity to work in Israel and Saudi Arabia. It was during this time that I witnessed and experienced prejudice much more severe than during my childhood. Working in both countries offered me a unique perspective of the prejudice and other tensions that exist; one that most of the citizens of those countries would never experience. While working in Israel, through contact with Israeli citizens of all ages, I started to understand and gain an appreciation for their beliefs that Israel is surrounded by nations that hate it and all that it stands for. They feel that they live under a constant threat of invasion from their neighboring countries, thus dedicating massive resources towards a strong defense. I cannot imagine how a Jewish child feels knowing that so many people hate him simply because of
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