Methods of Overcoming Prejudice in Society

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Prejudice can be seen from an individual having biased opinions about a certain group, with very little knowledge. Prejudice can be defined in many ways, such as an attitude of how people think about others or people judging ignorantly. But to Gordon Allport, “Prejudice is a thinking ill of others without a sufficient warrant.". This is how prejudice is defined to an individual who is still witnessing this crisis. This person discovered that apart from the race, color, national origin or gender, people in today’s world, share an universally existing problem: “PREJUDICE”. There is alot of evidence that a person’s prejudice is wrong, but still, individuals ignore it. There are several sources that lead to this problem, such as people having influences who are prejudice, which could be complicated to break down later on in life. Also, it can come from ignorance and fear, because individuals can be prejudice to a certain culture where they could know a little about them, and are afraid of how that certain culture is different from them in language, behavior or customs. In addition, prejudice is also derived from pride. People think their race, culture, beliefs or values are superior to other groups. Although some people have doubts about being able to eliminate the problem, it can be solved. There are individuals who set aside the doubts and believes that prejudice can be solved. Some of the ways that people have thought of solving this problem is education, exposure to other cultures and by setting a good example. One way of changing prejudice is education. As Ms.Vauthier, an English teacher said “Prejudice can be stopped by educating people about religion, cultures, beliefs or values.” One particular way the socie... ... middle of paper ... .... Here is a question that is asked to every individual, “Is Prejudice about greed?” Some may deny it is not about greed and some will agree. Shylock from “The Merchant of Venice” portrays the greed when he was offered a chance of change, taking the money instead of taking a pound of flesh of Antonio. But, his greed of seeking revenge cost him greatly, he decided to take Antonio’s flesh, but there was a loop hole in his contract, so it prohibited him from taking the flesh. With his greed of seeking revenge on Antonio, Shylock now suffered consequences that he will severely hate. Prejudice will always be around in the society, but people are becoming more acceptable of every culture, race, beliefs, values, or customs since they are more educated about others, have more exposure of cultures and are setting good examples for other individuals to follow.
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