William Jame's Speech About Prejudice

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Prejudice Prejudice is still a very prominent part of today’s society. Although people around the world are becoming more educated and growing as a whole, prejudices have not gone away and do not look to do so in the near future. By definition, a prejudice is a preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience. In other words, a prejudice is an uneducated opinion formed not by oneself, but rather by oneself’s interpretation of others opinions. William James said it best: “A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.” The majority of society, although not all, seems to be under the assumption that they are critically thinking and forming their own opinions, while in reality all they are doing is taking others opinions, rather than facts, to form their own statements and viewpoints on subjects. James is alluding to the fact that most people remain uneducated on subjects, and do not realize the difference between having an educated opinion and a prejudice. And while this could appear hypocritical to one as James does not have the facts to back up his statement, he seems to indeed be true. A vast majority of the world appears to speak uneducated about topics, lacking the information needed on the subject to be truly educated and able to speak one’s own true thoughts. There are various types of prejudices present in today’s society. One of the main types of prejudice, and also one of the most discussed, is
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