Prejudice Sucks

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Submitted: February 20, 2011

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Prejudice
Prejudice. Prejudice is one of the many, many faults in the world. Many of us may hear it being mentioned at the dinner table or even in our favourite book, but what we don’t realize is that it’s a real thing and it hurts. I am going to be explaining everything about prejudice, from what it is, how it’s shown, how it affects people, to the different types, what causes it, and how to stop it.
What is prejudice? When most people are asked that question, they would run to the nearest dictionary and recite the commonly said description that says it is a way to group people together according to their heritage, or a personal preference. But really it’s much more than that, it’s a way to dismiss someone without knowing them, a way to make them feel bad about not being your exact clone. It’s a way to exclude someone, turn people against them in an attempt “to do the world a favour” by trying to get everyone to be the same, but if that were the fact then we would exist on a planet, not live in a world.
Prejudice is caused in many different ways. The most common is through ancestry; someone might be raised by parents who were raised by their parents and so on who lived in a different world than us, a world where being prejudiced was alright. They might not know it’s wrong. But that’s not the only way; peer pressure is a major factor. When people want to fit in, they would do anything to make it happen and if that means not accepting someone else, then so be it; and what about that person that wasn’t accepted? They might turn around and be prejudiced against someone else to make them selves feel better.
Prejudice is shown everywhere, and even if we cant prove or see it, we can feel it. We all love a good joke right? no. when that “good” joke involves someone of a certain preference being made fun of, then it’s just mean. Or how about when we go for that interview for that perfect college or that perfect job. What if you didn’t get in just because of your weight or appearance? It sucks and it’s called prejudice. What if you’re head over heels in love but can’t marry that special someone because your of the same sex? What if you can’t vote to save your country from destruction because of your skin colour? In some of the most extreme cases someone is even killed because of prejudice.
 There are a lot of things to be prejudiced about. A few are religion, race, sexuality, and background; these for the most part aren’t up to you but get passed down the family tree. Some of the most insane, craziest things to be prejudiced about though are the things you like and feel strongly about, such as causes that you choose to support. Some people will find ANYTHING about you just so that they can exclude someone from something.
However, perhaps the worst part about prejudice is how it makes the victims feel. Have you ever felt unwanted or like your worth nothing because that s how people treated you one, maybe two days of your life? that’s how the victims feel every day of their life. The worst part is that they get it so often that they start to believe it. They become ashamed of who they are. But sometimes they feel so bad about themselves that to make themselves feel better they might prove that they are superior by becoming prejudiced to someone else which causes a chain reaction.
Finally, we need to discuss how to END prejudice. The first way would be to simply not participate in the wrongful acts but to support and join the good ones. For instance, don’t laugh at the jokes and don’t say new ones. However you could participate in days when everyone wears pink or purple to show awareness. Secondly, you could make people aware of what is happening in their own community and maybe say something as simple as “that’s not funny.” prejudice is real and it hurts.

 


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