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Running head: PREJUDICE, STEREOTYPE, AND DISCRIMINATION 1
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The Impact of Prejudice, Stereotype, and Discrimination
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Racial prejudices have changed over the past several years; interracial dating and
marriage are considered morally wrong to some groups. The pressure put on interracial couples
by society can be difficult and if a child is involved the racism can be escalated. The current war
the United States is fighting has caused those of Middle Eastern decent to be viewed differently.
People tend to gravitate toward individuals who look, act, and think like them because they are
within a comfort zone. Prejudice, racism, and discrimination prevent people from getting to
know other races, cultures, and people.
The American Academy of Pediatrics describes prejudice as “prejudgment or irrational
generalization about an entire category of people” (2007). Prejudice is a problem in today’s
society, people are judged every day by what they wear, drive, career choice, education, race, and
religion. Some believe that there are times when prejudice can be positive that is not a fair
statement because prejudice tears people apart with unfair or untrue statements or actions.
By the time a child reaches age four, he or she are aware of the differences in people and
have formed some type of prejudice. Children judge each other and those he or she are around on
race, appearance, and gender (Pediatrics, 2007). As he or she grows these prejudices are heighted
by what, he or she is taught from a parent or a family structure. The teachings can be in
deliberate coaching or innocent actions or remarks like an off color joke. Children are more
aware of prejudice then we give them credit for because of his or her age feelings, opinions, and
beliefs are not taken into consideration as real. By the time these children are young adults, he or
she will also show prejudice toward religion, culture, value, and social class (Pediatrics, 2007).
Society also contributes to prejudice even if the family unit is not because of video games,
television, and everyday life interactions.
The other aspect of prejudice is discrimination. Discrimination is how a group or
categories of people are considered; unfair treatment or actions that are biased (Pediatrics, 2007).
The Conflict research Consortium maintains that “Prejudice and discrimination are negative
manifestations of integrative power” (Prejudice & Discrimination, 1998). Discrimination breaks
down groups and pushes people apart. There are many forms of discrimination: harassment that

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