The Patterns Of Majority And Minority Interaction

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The patterns of majority and minority interaction eventually play into prejudice and bigotry themes. Prejudice views differ from bigotry. In some form, a comparison can be drawn between ethnocentric ideas and prejudice ideas. When someone is ethnocentric, they believe their own values and customs to be superior to other cultures. From these ethnocentric ideas, which have been displayed throughout history, prejudice ideas occur. Prejudice ideas occur when a person makes a pre-judgment or assumption in regards to another ethnicity. Therefore, when one makes a pre-judgment they assume that they are unlike the group that they are judging. Bigotry on the other hand plays into the idea of discrimination in the sense that people are not approving of a particular minorities lifestyle or cultural values. Lecture number five does a nice job explaining how all three of these concepts work, “People tend to justify discrimination by rationalizing it on the ground that those whom they discriminate against are less worthy of respect or fair treatment than people like themselves” (Class notes, Lecture 5). An example of modern prejudice ideas or bigotry can be seen within how western countries discuss people of Islamic faith.
One common stereotype that I’ve personally observed is that all Muslim people are “terrorists”. This unfortunate assumption has led to serious accounts of discrimination. It is entirely unfair to assume that because of a small collection of religious extremists in the
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