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Prejudice and Discrimination
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- Submitted: 25/04/2011
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Prejudice is defined as 'thinking badly about other people without sufficient reasons'. The word 'prejudice' means to prejudge. This means that we judge before we know someone or before we even meet them.
Discrimination occurs when people are treated badly by others because off prejudice. Discrimination is not always a bad thing however. It can also be a 'careful judgement'. For example if you are going to buy a new TV, it is a good idea to be discriminating, to look carefully, to choose something that you really like, rather than just the first thing you see.
Discrimination becomes unfair when it causes us to make a big deal out of differences between people so that it affects their housing, employment, education, lives - their human rights.
The difference between these is that prejudice is that the judgement you make and discrimination is the action itself that follows this judgement.
Discrimination = Prejudice + Power.
Prejudice is the perception and discrimination is therefore perception followed by action. Only the perception alone does not
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