Can prejudice ever be eliminated?
Prejudice and discrimination has always been a part of human history. Prejudice has to do with the inflexible and irrational attitudes and opinions held by members of one group about another, while discrimination refers to behaviours directed against another group. Prejudices can be both positive and negative but both forms are usually preconceived and difficult to alter. As prejudice is deeply rooted in human nature, it can never be eliminated.
Prejudice has caused great disputes and wars over decades because of how people have judged other people due to their religion or race. Stereotypes, racism and sexism all derive from prejudice. World War II is a clear example of what prejudice can cause in humans and how it can affect history and life drastically. Adolf Hitler, the leader of the German fascist party, led the Nazis to make the German nation believe Jews were devils and scum. Hitler caused the Germans to prejudge all Jews as horrible people when they didn’t even know them. This caused one of the greatest genocides history has ever faced.
However, it may be possible to eliminate prejudice, provided the right methods are used. To date, solutions to prejudice that emphasize change at the individual level have not been successful. Most single efforts to eliminate prejudice are too simplistic to deal with such a complex phenomenon. Researchers, then, have focused on more holistic methods of reducing ethnocentrism and cultural conflicts. Methods such as having a desire to become better acquainted, a desire to co-operate and an equal economic standing and social status have helped to reduce the amount of prejudice displayed by people in a society.
Having said that, prejudice can never be truly eliminated, but it can be reduced if more people lead by example. Treat people kindly, debate peacefully, see a person for who they are on the inside, and teach children tolerance and acceptance. No matter how much people try to...
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