Religious and ethnic groups often face several instances of prejudice and discrimination. Often times these occurrences are spurred due to stereotypes that have been created over time. In this paper, two groups will be discussed—Jehovah’s Witnesses and Asians. These groups have been the target of prejudice and discrimination many times.
According to www.jw.org, Jehovah’s Witnesses practice Christianity but they differ from others who have Christian beliefs in the way that they do not believe in the trinity, which is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This group only recognizes Jesus simply as the son of God. Also, other Christians believe in a literal hell that has fire and brimstone. Jehovah’s Witnesses do not. Jehovah’s Witnesses also practice disfellowship. This is often called shunning.
Because of the way that Jehovah’s Witnesses worship, people form a dislike for them. The shunning has played a big role in some people not wanting to be a Jehovah’s Witness. In an interview with Diane Wilson, a former witness, she tells of her daughter being disfellowshipped, or shunned. Wilson tells of how after three months of shunning her own daughter, something in her heart said, “This is not right.” Eventually, Wilson disassociated with Jehovah’s Witnesses. She goes on to say that disassociation is considered the worst thing because it was viewed as turning your back on God. During the interview, Wilson told how she became a Witness. She tells how she was helped by the Jehovah’s Witnesses when she was 21 and divorced with a child. Wilson goes on to say that anyone who has difficulty making big life decisions would be attracted to Jehovah’s Witnesses because you are met with camaraderie, a feeling of an instant family and