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Paul Ray Judia Jr. Culf. 1320 American Experience Paul Terry Newton Prejudice, simple but harmful The world that we live in today can be a cruel a mean one. The world we live in one has to constantly be on guard. It may sound extreme to some, but the next time you pull up to a stop light with a homeless person standing there, look at how many people go to lock their door. This is a simple action that is just a means of self protection. Imagine though losing your job, having to make a sign begging for money to survive, only to hear the sounds of locking doors every time someone comes near you. The people in the cars have made a pre-judgment that the homeless may cause them harm. This pre-judgment is what has come to commonly be known as prejudice. Prejudice is defined as injury or damage resulting from some judgment or action of another in disregard of one's rights. This simple term is what shapes each and every one of us to view the world in a different way. Depending mostly on our parent's view of the world, each of us sees the world with a different pair of colored glasses on. ...read more.


This is because I have learned that the second people find out your family has money they immediately think in two ways, one they try to become your best friend and want you to buy them things, or two they look at you as a stuck up rich kid who gets whatever they want. Even though my family is a down to earth family that still cuts our own grass, doesn't have a maid, and drives a basic car, we are stereotyped as being snobby and stuck up. If we walk into a restaurant where people don't know us but know who we are, you will see the people begin to snicker and talk among themselves looking at us and pointing a sly little finger. Stereotyping can be one of the most hurtful kinds of prejudice because it is not based on what I have done, but what people that I most likely don't even know presume. People should get to know the person and not rely on a profile of that kind of person. The way people look at my family as being snobbish should not be confused with structural prejudice. Structural prejudice is where a whole group is looked at. ...read more.


I should try to live the life a poor black teenager trying to grow up in the ghetto, and living from pay check to pay check. After that I would understand that life is not as easy as it seems. The next action that needs to be performed to break the cycle is acknowledgement. I know that sometimes I am prejudiced by labeling people, and I am trying to change that. Hopefully I will become a better person in the end. Over all, prejudice is something that will be in the world for the rest of our lives. Prejudice is sometimes based on the fact that you have something and I don't, but I want what you have and I want you to give it to me. This is a natural human response. Communism in theory would eradicate this need since everybody would have the same thing, but like the old U.S.S.R. the people at the top always seem to have more and the people at the bottom all want to be on top. This basic human need has formed a prejudice that is hard to break. Everyday though I put my pants on just like you do, it is this simple idea that I have come to look at every person as being equal. This is a small idea but big step in creating a world without prejudice. ...read more.

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