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You know the world is off

tilt when the best rapper is


a white guy [Eminem], the
best golfer is a black guy
[Tiger Woods], the tallest
basketball player is Chinese
[Yao Ming, 7'6"], and
Germany doesn't want to
go to war [in Iraq].

Charles Barkley, 2003


PREJUDICE
&
STEREOTYPES
by Andjelina Jovanovic
Prejudice - opinion, prejudgment (judging
before having the adequate information)
or an attitude about a group or its
members.
A prejudice can be positive, but in our usage
refers to a negative attitude.
-often accompanied by ignorance, fear or
hatred
Why?
People are prejudiced against other people
because it’s easier than learning about
another culture or getting to know an
individual from that group.

People are prejudices against other people


because it makes them feel better about
themselves if they can say that an entire
group of people is not as good as they are.
WHERE?
Prejudice is all
around us, in
conversation, in
school, at home,
etc.
Imortant thing is to question a
prejudice when you hear it. If
someone says that a person is
stupid or lazy because she
belongs to a certain group
which comes from a particular
place, believes in a particular
way of life, or looks a certain
way of life, ask yourself:
CAN EVERY PERSON IN
THAT GROUP BE LAZY OR
STUPID?
In his 1963 "I Have a Dream“ speech,
civil rights activist, Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. said, "I have a dream that
my four little children will one day live
in a nation where they will not be
judged by the color of their skin, but
by the content of their character." Dr.
King devoted his life to fighting
bigotry and prejudice. His message
was meant not only for African-
Americans but for all oppressed
minorities.
WE ALL HAVE PREJUDICES
ABOUT GROUPS DIFFERENT
FROM OURS.
Stereotype-

generalization
about a person a
group of persons
HOW DO THEY FORM?
We develop stereotypes when
we’re unable or unwilling to
obtain all the information we
would need to make fair
judgments about people.

In the absence of “total


image”, stereotypes allow us to
fill in the blanks.
WHEN?
These generalizations have their roots
in experiences we have had
ourselves, read about in books and
magazines, seen in movies or
television, or have had related to us
by friends and family.
By stereotyping, we assume
that a person or a group has
certain characteristics.

They evolve out of fear of


persons from minority groups.

E.g.mentally ill people are


violent
HOW
DO
WE
LEARN
P&S?
Social scientists believe children begin
to acquiere P&S in kindergarten.
Studies show that as early as age 3,
children pick up terms of racial
prejudice without really
understanding their significance.
WHY ARE THEY HARD TO
CHANGE?
As we said, P&S are schemes that help
us to understand reality.When reality
doesn’t correspond to our prejudice
it’s easier for our brains to change
our interpretation of reality than to
change the prejudice.
But, they can serve many purposes :

- To help us evaluate our own cultures


- To evaluate other cultures and ways
of life
- To maintain the relationship that our
culture has with other cultures
Thank you for your
attention!