Essay about Prejudice: Discrimination and Prejudice Tyler Davenport

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Tyler Davenport

Prejudice is a very common thing that is practiced by almost everyone daily. It’s not always that extreme; maybe just negatively commenting on someone’s outfit but it can also be very downgrading and hurtful. The list of different types of prejudices is countless. The three that I feel top the chart of most serious would be racism, social class discrimination, and homophobia. Now these aren’t necessarily the worst in the eyes of others but they rank highly to me.

Racism is probably the most thought of form of prejudice. It’s the discrimination of ones skin color. It began when the art of exploration came about. Before transportation there was predominantly one specific race in each country so when the different races mixed that’s when the discrimination began. Racism is not as common in the present day but it still exists. Like most other prejudices this is a never-ending chain. It starts with the parents and it’s a child’s innate behavior to pick up their parents actions so they will grow up thinking its okay to treat other people differently based on their looks. The more recent accounts of racism are coming about in our court system. The U.S. sentencing commission revealed that African Americans get 10 percent longer sentences than whites for the same crime. Sounds accurate especially in Florida where two different white men have gunned down two innocent black boys and have both been found innocent of murder. Racism may not be as direct today but it definitely still exists. Social class discrimination is another ridiculous form of prejudice. It’s when one person or group of people who look down on another person or group of people that don’t make a substantial amount money like themselves. Judging a book by its cover. For some reason they feel people with less money are inadequate of thinking and function as they do when really that’s just a bogus thought. I can think of countless examples of this. Like celebrities, they wouldn’t come hang out with me and get to know me because I have nowhere near the money they do and to them I’m a nobody. Now see if I knew that celebrity before they became famous they wouldn’t have a problem hanging out with me because they would have known I’m a normal person, which proves my statement that they judge a book by its cover.