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Transcript of Stereotype/Prejudice/Discrimination Cycle
And so we have the Cycle:
STEREOTYPES LEAD TO PREJUDICES
PREJUDICE LEADS TO DISCRIMINATION
DISCRIMINATION RESULTS IN CONSEQUENCES--FOR THE VICTIM, ESPECIALLY.
When victims are discriminated against, they will respond with: Hurt, anger, withdrawal, or perhaps in more drastic ways: fights, suicide, etc.
Sometimes, people will respond by acting like the stereotype they're labeled with. Ex: "If they think______ is true about me, fine, then I'll act like it is."
...which reinforces people's stereotypes, if they don't think to look deeper. ------->
We make assumptions about someone based a very limited amount of information (words, actions, or demographic truths observed, maybe by spending a few minutes with a person). We presume, based on their behavior or other observations, that we know their motivations, and the "type" of person they are.
If we think a stereotype is true about someone, we will ALWAYS form certain opinions and attitudes toward them (usually bad, since most stereotypes are negative). Prejudice also fosters a superiority complex.
If we have bad attitudes towards someone, it will inevitably show through our actions. The problem is when prejudice turns into action--treating someone as if they are "less than".
If a victim is treated badly because of inaccurate assumptions about them, he/she will experience Consequences. Someone ALWAYS pays.
Examples of consequences: Loneliness, feeling worthless, feeling belittled, feeling less-than.
The Cycle of Discrimination
Okay, let's start with
defining the root of the problem.
The assumption/expectation that all members of a group have certain traits. It lumps everyone together, and ignores individuals.
MORE INFO ON STEREOTYPES:
They are assumptions we form based on a small amount of information;
They inherently create levels of superiority and inferiority;
Usually negative, these ignore individual circumstances, and focus on plastering a term on people across the board. On “People like that”.
WHAT IS PREJUDICE?
Prejudice: The belief that misconceptions/STEREOTYPES (about a group) are true. Many times toward strangers, who may have a certain appearance.
Happens whenever we prejudge others because of race, religion, age, gender, physical size or appearance, social class, sexual orientation, life circumstances, etc.
STEREOTYPES LEAD TO PREJUDICES
If we think a stereotype (like any of the previous ones) is true about someone, we will always form certain opinions and attitudes (prejudices) about them—all basically labeling them “not as good” as ourselves in some way.
*Prejudice is used to justify certain bad behavior (discrimination).
THE PROBLEM? PREJUDICE LEADS TO DISCRIMINATION.
Discrimination: Different, usually unfair treatment of a group or member of that group, because of prejudiced feelings about them.
Discrimination, simply put, is prejudice manifested. It is taking the idea that you’re better than someone, and treating them like that’s true.
Essentially, it’s saying: “This bad behavior is true about you, so you are X type of person, while I’m not, so I have the right to treat you as less worthy than myself.”
Okay, so even when someone acts in a
"stereotypical way", is it fair to immediately judge WHY he/she acts the way he/she does? For instance, Curley's wife. Does she flirt or act cruelly towards Crooks just “because she’s a tramp” to her core and has no morals, or is it perhaps a bit more complex than that?
Let’s admit it: We do jump to conclusions about people at times, and no, those conclusions usually aren’t fair or accurate. We aren’t omniscient, so to presume we know enough about a stranger’s situation to justifiably condemn them is arrogant at the very least and making ourselves into gods at the most.
How do we break the cycle of: