Discrimination Worksheet

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Discrimination Worksheet

Write a 100- to 200-word response to each of the following questions. Provide citations for all the sources you use.

• What is discrimination? How is discrimination different from prejudice and stereotyping?

Discrimination is the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex. Discrimination differs from prejudice and stereotyping, because discrimination is the denial of opportunities and equal rights of individuals and groups due to prejudice. Prejudice is the unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand without the prior knowledge, thought or reason, while stereotyping is unreliable generalizations about certain groups. Discrimination can hinder a person from advancing in their life, holding them back from job opportunities as well as opportunities to buy their dream home and other opportunities. Stereotyping is something that many of us do without even realizing it, something as simple as seeing a man act effeminate and we assume he is gay, or a woman who is not effeminate we assume she is gay. Too many times in society we have certain prejudices and even though we may try to think that we are above certain prejudice as white Euro Americans we have a tendency to believe that once minorities start moving into our neighborhoods that our property values will drop.

Schaefer, R. T. (2012). Racial and ethnic groups (13th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.

• What are the causes of discrimination?

I truly believe that discrimination honestly comes from lack of education and from preconceived ideas that people that are from minorities will drop property values, that people of color are not as educated as others, and that minorities are criminals and or bring with them criminal activity. Educating ourselves and others can and will help to stop discrimination. No matter how much we do try and...
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