Defining Prejudice and Racism

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Defining Prejudice and Racism Kassi Kilgore Arkansas State University Mountain Home Defining Prejudice and Racism Prejudice and racism have been seen frequently in the years of civilization being built, and also is seen today in present history. In the story Arrangement in Black and White, Dorothy Parker reveals a variety of instances the main character, a woman at dinner party honoring an African American gentle man, uses prejudice and racial slurs throughout the evening. Being prejudice does not exactly mean you are racist, they are similar, but one is more specific than the other definition of the other word.

To begin, Dorothy Parker does not exactly define prejudice in the story, but she uses a lot of different examples of prejudice. The main character in story, the one with poppies in her hair, spouts quite a few of prejudice remarks throughout the story. For example, the woman with the poppies in her hair states about African Americans, “They’re just like children-just as easygoing, and always singing and laughing and everything” (Parker, 1942, para. 16). By categorizing the African Americans into a group the woman is stereotyping African Americans, and also not treating them as completely regular person or group of people. Even though the woman disclaims this by saying this, “. we’re all human beings!’ Aren’t we?” (Parker, 1942, para. 16). Prejudice is not directly defined in the story Arrangement in Black And White by Dorothy Parker, but a woman with poppies in her hair in the story gives a visual reputation and real life form of prejudice. The woman is seen as a hypocrite in wanting to treat the African Americans as equals in the community, but she still separates the African Americans by stereotyping and prejudice.

Secondly, prejudice is in the same ball park as racism, but racism is more specific than prejudice. Prejudice is defined as, “an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason” in Webster’s...
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