Prejudice refers to an unsubstantiated negative prejudgment of individuals or groups because of their ethnicity, race or religion. Discrimination is the exclusion of individuals or groups from full participation in society because of their ethnicity, race or religion. Prejudice which is an attitude and discrimination which is a behavior are usually linked, but are distinct phenomena. In a vicious circle, prejudice frequently leads to discriminatory behavior while discrimination reinforces or creates social and economic inequalities, which then reinforce prejudice.
Prejudice, stereotypes and discrimination against anyone concerning ethnic groups, races, or sexes is a truth of public discourse that is never questioned by anyone considered socially, morally or politically responsible. In private, prejudices and stereotypes are usually harbored about someone and virtually everyone practices some kind of discrimination. We don’t like the idea of being judged according to some stereotype of a group that we belong. It is easy to judge people as individuals and never as members of a group. We must consider whether that noble determination is even possible let alone whether is a requirement of morality.
We must ask what it is about prejudices, stereotypes and discrimination if anything that does violate moral duty. Prejudice implies an irrational and irresponsible lack of consideration of the things that should and could be considered. To do away with prejudice the there are effective ways to ensure that people live and work well together. To ensure the potential success we must prepare ourselves to live and work harmoniously and productively alongside others who represent various and many racial and cultural groups, backgrounds and abilities in our society.
One of the greatest obstacles to creating such a future is prejudice it is not a past problem because some people are called hurtful names or are excluded from participating in events, some are unfairly excluded from jobs, neighborhoods, bank loans, educational opportunities, social events and clubs, some are attacked and beaten, some people’s homes, places of worship, or cemeteries are vandalized and some people are unfairly paid less than others for doing equal work. We should ensure that such things are done away with for people to live well and in peace.
In conclusion prejudice can be done away with by. Accepting one another as unique and special let others know you appreciate and recognize their individual qualities. Help others to become sensitive to other people’s feelings, incase personal conflicts occur; encourage others to think about how the other person might be feeling, make sure people understand that prejudice and discrimination are unfair, make it a firm rule that no person should be excluded or teased on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, accent, gender, disability, sexual orientation or appearance
Teach people on respect and appreciation for differences by providing opportunities for interaction with others of diverse groups; provide programs that show positive insights into other cultures.
Reference: Poverty among non elderly Americans, from the 1997 urban institute’s national survey of America’s families