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Prejudice is when you make judgement on someone before you actually know them.

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Prejudice is when you make judgement on someone before you actually know them. Here in Northern Ireland our culture has had a great influence over our judgements. Foe example when we look at a drug addict we see only the "leaves" and not the "roots", this means that you only see these people as outcasts but we don't see what has caused people to resort to drugs, it could be broken families, a death or divorce of parents and some children can handle it better than others. Today we have prejudices against blacks, whites, Protestants and Catholics. In Jesus' day the Jews were prejudiced against tax collectors and Samaritans because tax collectors were Jews who worked for the Romans and Samaritans were intermarried Jews who had married non-Jews. It takes a lot of care and love to overcome prejudice we sometimes call this kind of love agape. One example of prejudice in Jesus' day was Zaccheus the tax collector. One day Jesus was visiting Jericho where a rich tax collector named Zaccheus lived, he was rich because the tax collectors worked for the Romans and so charged more than they should and keep the extra themselves. Zaccheus lived in a house in Jericho near to where Jesus was coming to. Zaccheus was trying to see Jesus over the crowds but couldn't because he was too small so he climbed into a sycamore tree to see Jesus. ...read more.

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Then a Samaritan came by, took pity on the man. The man was clearly a rich man because of all the gold he was wearing and he too would have been a target for robbers, yet he put himself out and acted like a neighbour. I think that this Samaritan was extremely brave for helping the man, it shows that even though the Samaritans were considered unclean they could be nicer people than pure Jews, as they would like to be called. It just shows that people in those early days shouldn't have been prejudiced against Samaritans because after all they could be the more respectable person and seen as equals through the eyes of God. An example of overcoming prejudice today is the story of Martin Luther King. Martin was a black man who fought in America for the Blacks and brought forward the civil rights movement. As a child he lived in the city of Atlanta where his two best friends were white. One day Martin and his father went into a shoe shop to get Martin some new shoes and the white man in the shoe shop asked them to move to seats at the back of the shop from seats at the front of the shop and he'd be happy to serve them so Martin's father said to the man, "We'll either buy the shoes sitting here or we won't buy the shoes at all." ...read more.

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In August 1965 the right for black people to vote was passed, so by this stage the black people were winning the right to be treated fairly. At six o'clock on the evening of 4th April1968, Martin went out onto the balcony of his hotel room and a shot was fired which killed him. This is a fine example of a brave man who experienced prejudice all his life and had won freedom for the black people at the price of his life, but one thing probably the most important thing was that he still hasn't been forgotten and should be remembered as he did the most courageous thing in America for his people. On his grave stone were written these words, "FREE AT LAST, FREE AT LAST THANK GOD ALMIGHTY I'M FREE AT LAST." Another example of prejudice today is Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland, they are prejudiced against each others religions. There are now many catholic and protestant groups who are against each other for example the, UFF, UVF, UDA, IRA and there are some more. A lot of people in this country have been brought up to hate people of the opposite religion from themselves, I think that this is wrong and that people should not worry about something which would not affect them in any way. These people show no compassion or love for each other, they should learn to respect and treat people equally for who and what they are. 1493 words. ...read more.

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