Gordon Allport Pride And Prejudice Analysis

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Pride and Prejudice We’ve all done it: walking down a hallway, judging someone or thinking someone is less than what we perceive ourselves to be based on the color of their skin or how they are dressed, or even their physical features. The author of The Language of Prejudice, Gordon Allport, shares how we live in a society where we are ridiculed for being less than a culture who labels themselves as dominant. This essay reveals the classifications made to the American morale. Allport analyzes in many ways how language can stimulate prejudice and the connection between language and prejudice. Allport begins his essay comparing nouns, in this case the human race, to grains of sand. He uses this comparison to illustrate how we group people based on their ethnicity or their physical appearance rather than individual characteristics. When we begin to group people based on their race or physical …show more content…

“Physiognomic” is the word Allport used to explain how being black has a negative connotation. Allport adds that the English language relates black in the English language to “sinister connotations” such as “black death” or “black-hearted” (368). In this chase, the color black is associated with bad and white is associated with good or pure. If white signifies purity and morality, then why did whites own slaves? Why weren’t blacks and whites on an equal playing field? It goes back to Allport’s message that, “The very act of classifying forces us to overlook all other features…” communicates to us that the label “black” only allows us to see just that—black (365). Other words can be associated with black people such as: police officer, author, and doctor, but in the back of our minds, black is still a word with a negative

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