Prejudice In Today's Society

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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…show more content…
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 racism. No matter how much is done to more educate society about racial tensions and how horrible it is to diminish another race just because of their skin color, the blatant fact remains that racism remains prominent in today’s society. Interestingly, many of these racial thoughts can be found at the root of stereotypes, most of which come from uneducatedness. For example, the common stereotype of Latinos and Hispanics doing the dirty work and taking the unwanted jobs in the United States. No matter how much people may deny holding that stereotype, just take a look around your world. While watching a movie, it is such a rarity to see a lawyer or doctor portrayed as a Latino or Hispanic. Rather, we find them partaking in roles such as a chef at a restaurant, or a janitor of a school. While racism may not be as brutal or unfair as it was 60 or 70 years ago, there are clearly still racial inequalities to be found as a type of prejudice. A second

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