History of Prejudice
I just read a Wikipedia article:
Prejudice. (2011, October 12). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 17:18, October 26, 2011, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Prejudice&oldid=455151843
I enjoyed reading this article because I’m into this type of subject on how people are being viewed differently due to how they develop in life. For example, people being judge by their race, ethnicity, disability, obesity, religion, sexual orientation or other personal characteristics. People make theories of why they are like that which makes them be viewed as Prejudice. They have no knowledge what so ever on why, how or what made them be the person they are in today’s world, which is why the quote “You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover..” exists.
One sentence from this article that stands out for me is: “Adorno described authoritarians as ‘rigid thinkers who obeyed authority, saw the world as black and white, and enforced strict adherence to social rules and hierarchies’.” I think this very common to see now a days, the Theorist Theodor Adorno believe that people who were prejudice were followers who followed the authorities. So whatever was made of people based on propaganda people believe that therefore they was prejudice to whatever was the main topic about. Like it was made during the Nazi’s time when Jews were blame for things they didn’t do.
I’m pretty sure this is accurate because in this Web Site: Understanding Prejudice it explains how prejudice began and the way that Theodor Adorno had came up with the theory that people who were prejudice adapt to this.
The Psychology of Prejudice. (2001-2011). In Understanding Prejudice.
Another sentence that I agree with was: “According to Marilyn Brewer, prejudice ‘may develop not because outgroups are hated, but because positive emotions such as admiration, sympathy, and trust are reserved for the ingroup’.” This stood out for me because I know when it comes to judging a person its because you either don’t like the fact that they aren’t good as you or something to do with being lower than your status. I think this shows how Prejudice can be define as Favoritism due to the admiration, sympathy.
I double-checked this fact through because this information is provide in the book “Journal of Social Issues”.
Brewer, M.B. (1999). The psychology of prejudice: Ingroup love or outgroup hate? Journal of Social Issues, 55, 429-444.
What I learned from this article is that Prejudice still exist now a days and people continue this due to it catching on to you. For example in the book I’m currently reading “Black Boy” by Richard Wright, there is a part on this book where the main character Richard, learned to hate white people, because he saw how white people would treat black innocent people for doing nothing. Being prejudice has many causes due to racism, sexuality, and personal characteristics from being different from others. I think people should make a change based on the past events in history and which later being prejudice leads to theories.