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EVG501 Week 6 Lecture Prejudice Discrimination and Ethics (1)

EVG501 Week 6 Lecture Prejudice Discrimination and Ethics (1)

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Prejudice, Discrimination & Ethics EVG501 Lecture 6 Dr Slatter, a few revisions by Dr Margaret Mishra and Makereta Mua Prejudice ‘Pre’ - before ‘Judge’ - assess/evaluate To pre-judge or to have pre-conceived ideas about a group or category of people, without knowledge of facts To have a negative or hostile attitude or feelings toward an individual, or a group/category of people Britain’s Got It Talent - Susan Boyle has shattered prejudices about the connection between age, appearance and talent. She has proved that you don't have to be young and glamorous to be talented, and recognised as such. Lisa Schwarzbaum, writer for US celebrity magazine Entertainment Weekly, said the performance was a powerful reality check. She wrote: "In our pop-minded culture so obsessed with packaging - the right face, the right clothes, the right attitudes, the right Facebook posts – the unpackaged artistic power of the unstyled, un- hip, un-kissed Ms Boyle let me feel, for the duration of one blazing showstopping ballad, the meaning of human grace. "She pierced my defences. She reordered the measure of beauty. And I had no idea until tears sprang how desperately I need that corrective." Blogs about Susan Boyle: "I cried SO hard," read one. "There's something so beautiful about reaching your dreams... and knowing that age means nothing."
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Another wrote: "I cry because she reminds us to hope, to never lose track of our dreams, to keep putting one foot in front of the other no matter what others say or think. She gives us hope." "Susan Boyle is the ugly duckling who didn't need to turn into a swan; she has fulfilled the dreams of millions who, downtrodden by the cruelty of a culture that judges them on their appearance, have settled for life without looking in the mirror." 3 Types of Prejudice Cognitive: what people believe to be true; attitudes in one’s head Behavioral: acting on one’s prejudice, practicing discrimination Institutional: laws/policies that discriminate against categories of people Think Question Is it fair to hold prejudices against any particular category of people?
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