Stereotypes, Discrimination and Prejudice Essay

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Stereotypes, Discrimination and Prejudice If a young girl is walking alone through a park late at night and encounters three senior citizens walking with canes and three teenage boys wearing leather jackets, it is likely that she will feel threatened by the latter and not the former. Why is this so? To start off, we have made a generalization in each case. By stereotyping, we assume that a person or group has certain characteristics. Often, these stereotypical generalizations are not accurate. We are succumbing to prejudice by ?ascribing characteristics about a person based on a stereotype, without knowledge of the total facts?1. Usually, we have stereotypes about persons who are members of groups with which we have not had…show more content…
Often times, these judgments can be false and lead to ?unfair discrimination and persecution?3. We are engaging in discrimination when we judge people and groups based on our stereotypes and treat them differently. The most prominent victims of discrimination are women and minorities who are often deprived of education, employment and social services. Some prejudice views have been passed down from generation to generation such as prejudice against Jews, called anti-Semitism, which has been recognized for more than two thousand years. In other cases, however, these views are created and promoted by ?charismatic leaders who exploit latent hatreds for their own political ends?4. These leaders are called "demagogues"5 and rely on propaganda and disinformation to achieve their goals. Propaganda is the information that is spread for the purpose of promoting some cause and often intentionally influences attitudes and opinions. Through the use of propaganda techniques, such stereotypical and ?persuasive arguments are made that one group or another is to blame for all of our problems?6. Therefore, stereotypes also play a key role in media propaganda not just locally, but nationally and globally as well. One of the major examples is the September 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York. Ever since then, the United States has been on a mission to end terrorism around the world and their
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