Is Everyone Prejudice

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It is very common to hear the phrase ‘everyone is born with or clean slate’. John Locke (as cited in Allport (1983) believed that everyone is born tabula rasa which is translated to mean blank slate.   If this is the case, then why prejudice exists in children from a very young age? Does this mean that prejudice is a learnt behaviour? In this essay, issues such as what brings on prejudice at a young age, what and who influences them will be discussed. Foremost, prejudice can be defined as having a bad impression on a certain group of people due to lack of knowledge or misunderstanding of those groups. When people don’t know much about something, they are inclined to believe the worst of it, thus leading to prejudice and discrimination. Brown (1995) defined prejudice as ‘a negative attitude, emotion, or behaviour towards members of a group on account of their membership of that group’. It is very common to hear the phrase ‘everyone is born with or clean slate’. John Locke (as cited in Allport (1983) believed that everyone is born tabula rasa which is translated to mean blank slate.   If this is the case, then why prejudice exists in children from a very young age? Does this mean that prejudice is a learnt behaviour? In this essay, issues such as what brings on prejudice at a young age, what and who influences them will be discussed. Foremost, prejudice can be defined as having a bad impression on a certain group of people due to lack of knowledge or misunderstanding of those groups. When people don’t know much about something, they are inclined to believe the worst of it, thus leading to prejudice and discrimination. Brown (1995) defined prejudice as ‘a negative attitude, emotion, or behaviour towards members of a group on account of their membership of that group’.

It is very common to hear the phrase ‘everyone is born with or clean slate’. John Locke (as cited in Allport (1983) believed that everyone is born tabula rasa which is translated to mean blank...
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