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Prejudice and Discrimination: Effects and Solutions
Transcript of Prejudice and Discrimination: Effects and Solutions
Effects and Solutions What are prejudice and discrimination? Prejudice is a preconceived opinion not based on research or experience Discrimination is the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things especially on grounds of race, age or sex Focus During this presentation the focus will be prejudice and discrimination in general, the effects it has on the individual, the discriminator and on a family, and possible solutions to reverse the effects Who is affected? There is an endless number of groups affected by prejudice and discrimination around the world. Some of those include: - Lower class
- Different cultures
- Different religions
- Mentally or physically challenged
- Elderly - Overweight people
- Natives of Canada
- Different races
- Teenagers Examples of prejudice and discrimination... Teens are often discriminated against because people assume that they are rebellious and useless when teens are often very helpful and compassionate Women are often judged because of their past struggles to obtain acknowledgment by society as persons Mentally or Physically challenged people are predisposed to be inadequate
workers and are often unable to attain
jobs because of judgements made based
on their condition, not realizing that brilliant minds such as Einstein were mentally challenged Homosexuals are judged especially by the catholic church, claiming that God did not intend for people to be gay. What Christians ignore though, is that God loves all his children the same no matter what. Immigrants are sometimes not allowed into a country or not given work because they are simply too different and people cannot accept change, not realizing that they are fully capable of accomplishing tasks just as easily as someone of a similar race to themselves Effects on the Individual 1) Acceptance - They believe what is being said about them. They feel that they have an inferior status in society.
2) Accommodation - They don't like or believe what is being said about them, but try and make the best of the situation. (ignore)
3) Voluntary segregation - Groups may live or work in separate areas in order to feel more comfortable and to succeed.
4) Organized Protest - A person may join organizations to help fight against discrimination and get involved with marches, protests and media exposure. (Non - violent)
5) Aggression - A person may take action against a prejudice individual's property. Examples of aggression are crime and terrorism. Effects on society - People who are poor don't buy as many items (ex. Cars, appliances and clothes) so industries and businesses do not prosper as they should
- Forcing people to live in poverty increases the use of social programs such a welfare
- Skills and abilities that could be useful to society are not used to the fullest (Certain people aren't hired for positions because of discrimination) Effects on the discriminator - This person feels hate and resentment in their life
- They don't enjoy life or people as much as they could have
- They focus only on one aspect of some individuals (don't see all of their qualities)
- They tend to lose friends (People don't like to associate with the discriminator) Solutions and prevention of Prejudice and Discrimination... 1) Know the facts
2) Be aware of your attitudes and behaviour (See people as human beings and not stereotypes)
3)Choose your words carefully
4) Educate others (Challenge negative myths)
5) Focus on the positive (The positive contribution everyone can make to society)
6) Support others (Treat all individuals with dignity and respect)
7) Include everyone (Ensure that all people have an equal part in society)
8) Get to know people from other groups (Realize similarities) Conclusion In conclusion, prejudice and discrimination is a serious issue that affects many people including the individual, the discriminator and society. However, there are many steps that can be taken not only to reverse the effects, but to prevent prejudice and discrimination from occurring in the first place. If citizens payed more attention to the solutions to prejudice and discrimination then maybe society would be a less judgemental place and people would feel more comfortable being themselves.