Differencebetween Prejudice and Discrimination
Sincethe dawn of civilization, the unique characteristics of a certaingroup has beenusedas the basis of its relationship with others, and in most cases, it`swell-beingin the society. Evidently, the black American and Hispanic groupshave been demonstrated inferior in comparison with the whites formany years. Such factors contributing to unfair or unequal treatmentare prejudice and discrimination (Kornblum, Joseph, and Carolyn 231).Due to prejudice and discrimination, minority groups lack adequateeconomic, educational, health and political representation.In this case, prejudice and discrimination are obstacles todesired growth in the society.
Prejudiceis the attitude or emotions towardsaparticular group. For instance, the belief that all Black Americansare thieves is a prejudice against the group. Moreover,prejudice involves prejudgment against people in a group and usuallyleads to their denial or mistreatment (Xiaoling etal.540) However, only those emotions leading to negative implicationscan beacknowledgedas prejudice. On the other hand, discrimination is the unjusttreatment of individuals based on racial, religious, age and gender. In the case of discrimination, individuals aredeniedopportunities for belonging to a particular entity.
Prejudiceisinfluencedby the societal norms ofa particular group. Therefore, one can be prejudiced towards a racebut not discriminate against them (Xiaoling etal.542). Unlike in cases of prejudice, discrimination entirely involvesbehaviors against the other groups (Kornblum, Joseph, and Carolyn231). The dominating race, gender or class behaves unfairly andunjustly against the minorities.
Inconclusion, both prejudice and discrimination subjects individuals todistrust and fear against the other group. Consequently, thedominating group overpowers the minority by controlling resources.Evidently, the whites in America dominated African American duringthe colonial America by enslaving anddenyingthem white collar jobs, quality education, and proper health care.
Kornblum,William, Joseph Julian, and Carolyn D. Smith. Social Problems.Harlow: PearsonEducation,2011. Print
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