Prejudice and Discrimination

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Prejudice and Discrimination Prejudice and discrimination have been prevalent throughout human history.  Prejudice  has to do with the inflexible and irrational attitudes and opinions held by members of  one group about another, while  discrimination  refers to behaviors directed against  another group. Being prejudiced usually means having preconceived beliefs about  groups of people or cultural practices. Prejudices can either be positive or negative— both forms are usually preconceived and difficult to alter. The negative form of prejudice  can lead to discrimination, although it is possible to be prejudiced and not act upon the  attitudes. Those who practice discrimination do so to protect opportunities for  themselves by denying access to those whom they believe do not deserve the same  treatment as everyone else. 
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Unformatted text preview: It is unfortunate that prejudices against racial and ethnic minorities exit, and continue to flourish, despite the “informed” modern mind. One well-known example of discrimination based on prejudice involves the Jews, who have endured mistreatment and persecution for thousands of years. The largest scale attempt to destroy this group of people occurred during World War II, when millions of Jews were exterminated in German concentration camps in the name of Nazi ideals of “racial purity.” The story of the attempted genocide , or systematic killing, of the Jews—as well as many other examples of discrimination and oppression throughout human history—has led sociologists to examine and comment upon issues of race and ethnicity....
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