The Importance Of Stereotypes And Discrimination

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Have labels or descriptions about a person written in permanent marker ever appear on a clean piece of glass that resemble one’s reputation? Almost as if someone is writing another person’s identity upon it as they helplessly gaze into it from a distance? Generally speaking identities are given to people by others. Those influences can either promote one’s well being or tear one down; thus it is to no surprise that once a person reaches a threshold they are able to break free from the identities that are given and step into a new light of self identification and this can take years and years of stereotypes and misconceptions being tossed at a person’s core. A stereotype is a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing. Stereotypes are used primarily to categorize a specific group that can be based on truths, but have somewhat of an exaggeration as well. A misconception is a view or opinion that…show more content…
Prejudice is a preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience. Discrimination is the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things especially about race, gender, or age. The two are different because in order to be prejudice someone has to have a bad attitude towards a particular group. Then to be discriminating a group of people means to have lousy acts of behavior against them. For instance, the atrocious Holocaust event was partially due to acts of prejudice because the Jews were being mistreated because of the beliefs those people had. Also, an example of discrimination could be if an employer was paying a man for his labor, and then a woman who is working the same job is being paid less than him because the worker is of a different sex. Both stereotypes and misconceptions have nothing to do with attitudes or behaviors, so the two can not be associated with prejudice or
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