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What is discrimination? How is discrimination different from prejudice and stereotyping? Discrimination is the denial of opportunities and equal rights to individuals or groups because of prejudice or for other arbitrary reasons. Prejudice is not action, but a negative attitude toward an entire category of people. Prejudice is learned. Prejudice beliefs lead to categorical rejection. Stereotypes are not based upon individual differences, but generalize all members of a group into one image. Stereotypes can, but rarely are positive and still leave a negative impact. The action of discrimination can stem from prejudice. The difference between discrimination and prejudice and stereotyping is that discrimination is action, the denial of opportunities and equal rights. Unlike prejudice, discrimination involves behavior that excludes members of a group from certain rights, opportunities or privileges. These denials may be based off of the preconceived and negative opinions about a group …show more content…
Many prejudices seem to be passed along from parents to children. Ethnocentrism may aid in discrimination, or thinking one’s own culture is better than another. Discrimination doesn’t just effect the present, as past discrimination can hinder a person’s present experience. Under conflict theory, in order to hold onto their distinctive social status, power, and possessions, privileged groups are invested in seeing that no competition for resources arises from minority groups. People who have a fear of the stereotypes of minors may discriminate. People with an authoritarian personality rigidly conform, submit without question to their superiors, reject those they consider to be inferiors, and express intolerant sexual and religious