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Prejudice has been around for a long time and it was from there that discrimination was born.

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Prejudice has been around for a long time and it was from there that discrimination was born. They differ a lot as prejudice is the thought or opinions of a person, and discrimination is the thoughts showed by the physical side, using action or physical strength against them. Prejudice comes out of ignorance and it thrives in a geographically isolated place like 7th Century Britain, which had no real contact with non-white people. Racism: The formula for racism is 'PREJUDICE+POWER=RACISM'. Racial prejudices are sometimes supported by key institutions in our society and are made acceptable. When racial prejudice is turned into action of some sort and harms the weaker group, it is called racism. Many people are racist because they are influence by others; they hear people being racist to others and in result, they are afraid that they might be the victims next so they have no choice but to join in. Racist people do not learn about facts, some just assume that because some people are different from them, they are not equal. Some fear that other cultures or religions are intruding on their 'normal and complete' way of life and cause them say harmful things like, "They eat strange foods" or "It's stupid that they don't speak English". Prejudice is connected to racism because people develop ideas, thoughts and opinions and take action before they know the whole truth. ...read more.

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There are around fifty thousand Rom in Britain and they are usually very poor and ill treated by the British. Rom do not like being told what to do or work for someone else. They like to live and survive independently and to come and go as they please. To keep their identity as Rom and not to be ashamed for whom they are, they keep their identity as free people. It is difficult to live the way they want in the society so they are forced into petty crime, they steal food to keep alive and not starve. Prejudice people who dislike and fear their way of life attack them. Many people think that gypsies are thieves, shoplifters and pickpockets and their speciality is petty crime. Because they are quick, clever and deft, they are not often caught, they are accused for not only their own crimes but for others as well. Gypsies have to steal and cheat others to stay alive because people in their society are prejudice against them, so they have to flee in terror but they also hold their pride. Although they are poor, they still fight for their freedom and their way of life. Handicap: Handicapped people are often ignored and receive the littlest help. A handicap refers to the relationship between the lack of bodily function and the environment. Some handicap is not visible, although it seriously impairs the intellectual capacity of the person. ...read more.

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In 1963, Martin Luther King made a famous speech. He was speaking to a crowd of two hundred thousand of people who had come to Washington D.C to march for civil rights for all people. In his speech he said, "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the sort of person they are. "I have a dream that one day...all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing the words of the black people's old song, 'Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty, we are free at last.'" When Martin Luther King died, on his gravestone were written these words: 'FREE AT LAST, FREE AT LAST THANK GOD ALMIGHTY I'M FREE AT LAST.' I don't think that prejudice can be stopped totally, it is buried deeply in our history and our background. Prejudice is one of the everyday things that cannot be stopped and must continue as an ever-going cycle. We can probably change peoples' views about racism or we can give them a new point of view, and hope that they would change their opinions. As far as I'm concerned, prejudice isn't funny, isn't clever and isn't smart, it is horrible and cruel. Those who are prejudiced against others are blind to see what's in front of them, a human being with feelings and senses just like them. 25th April 01 Prejudice ...read more.

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