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stereotyope and prejudice

stereotyope and prejudice - dice Two words in the English...

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Two words in the English language that are always accompanied with feelings of dread are stereotype and prejudice, and for good reason. Just over ten years ago, an unfortunate man by the name of Amadou Diallo, fell prey to what many think were some trigger happy New York cops. Maybe it would have been different if the scenario took place during the day, or if Diallo had been white, or if the cops hadn’t been so ready to pull the trigger. Whatever the case, an innocent man was shot at forty one times for a crime he did not commit. Unfortunately for Diallo, the police were relatively accurate and nineteen of those forty one bullets connected with his body (Correl et al, 1314). Were the police acting on a stereotype? Were they being prejudice? The judge that acquitted the police officers certainly thought that they were innocent of any wrongdoing. This form of ethnic prejudice is not uncommon in the world today, but neither is religious prejudice. While there are immeasurable victims of ethnic prejudice, like Diallo, there are numerous victims of religious prejudice. It may seem that these two types of prejudice are completely different from each other; one has to do with skin color, while the other determines your faith, but in reality they are very similar. In both cases, whether it is a person of a certain ethnicity or a person of a specific denomination, they are discriminated against by those who have the capability to be prejudice. While prejudice can be interpreted in many different ways, in this case it is the discourse and possible discrimination between two different groups of people (Hunsberger, 808). It is this discrimination that causes the deaths of innocent victims like Timothy Thomas (Correl et al 1328). The reasons for the existence of these prejudices cannot be finitely explained, but as in most cases, the experts certainly have their opinions. It is interesting to research and understand why exactly prejudice is associated with religion, why people of certain religious groups are prejudiced against others, and how the victims are affected by the discriminatory and prejudice people of the world. In order to understand the relationship between religions and prejudice one must first comprehend the different types of religious peoples. One might think that religious people are only separated by denomination, but this is far from the truth. There are groups that can also be described as extrinsic, intrinsic, quest, and fundamentalist (Hunsberger 809). Extrinsic religiosity is essentially being more immature about the faith that is practiced. While this seems like a general statement, a religious person who is extrinsic is not necessarily the most tolerant of others who have different religious views. They tend to think that their faith should be more prevalent and accepted by all. Given these views they have a habit of being prejudiced against those who do not necessarily share the same views (Hunsberger 809). Someone who is a part of the group who takes part in intrinsic religiosity, is generally more mature about their religion. Instead of being likely to form a disliking of
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