Stereotypes and Prejudice

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Our society often creates and perpetuates stereotypes, and these stereotypes lead to unfair discriminations and persecutions. People must not be discriminated because of race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion or beliefs. Diversity is about valuing individual differences, so diversity is much more than just a new world for equality.

The struggle for equality has been a big issue over so many years in America and around the world. Harriet Tubman’s life is a good example of courage and determination in this fight for freedom, and equality. She, a run away slave had great danger to herself, led the slaves “out of the land of bandage” to safety in the North (Lerone bennnett Jr 50f). She could not reach equality for her and her people at that time but she made a great impact in society. Then comes more than a hundred years later, Martin Luther King Jr. who through his gift for oratory empowers the blacks to peacefully press for their rights and overcame the prejudice against them. He also spoke of his desire for a future where blacks and whites among others would coexist harmoniously as equals. These two outstanding leaders really influence the future of black people and society, but sadly after all this years their dream has not come true.

Today in a society as multicultural as we live in, you would think that people would learn to be more accepting of others. Nevertheless, there are still those who simply can not. In his essay Black Men and Public Space, Brent Staples describes something that most young black men experience on more than one occasion in their lives. Being perceived as a criminal simply based on his "unwieldy inheritance", the color of their skin. With this interesting and provoking piece he allow us think about the role prejudice still plays in our lives and around us.

Prejudice do not let us look forward, what really is important about others. Terry Tempest in her very touching, moving story, “The village...
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