1 Define prejudice, discrimination, and institutionalized inequality and give good examples from your everyday life of each.
2. Are positive stereotypes, like all Asians are good at math, all blacks can jump, ever be negative? Why or why not?
3. Does prejudice exist in every racial grouping? Why or why not?
4. Does every racial group discriminate? Why or why not?
5. When are racial groups racist?
Prejudice: Irrational negative attitude about people based on a person's judgements of them.
Discrimination: Practices and acts of individuals and institutions that have a harmful impact on particular groups.
Institutionalized inequality: Everyday practices by institutions that overlook the harmful impact they may have on particular groups of people.
These 'positive' stereotypes still assume something about a large group of people which is often not true of all of them. If a person that fits into a particular category is not good at the thing that is associated with them, then they are often ridiculed for not being able to do that thing. It expects that all the people in that group can and makes those who can't feel left out.
Yes, prejudice exists in every racial grouping. It has become an epidemic that has covered the continent. There are relations of power that are reflected by racial groups and skin colour. We focus on them vs us. We participate by watching the many conflicts between different groups in the media.
I think that we have all began to see the differences in our appearances. Even though many people and groups mean well, they are also ethnocentric and looking out for their own group. We all realize that the privilege of racial groups is unequal. With unequal power, there is little that groups can do to avoid discrimination without being discriminated against themselves.
Racial groups can also be racist about other racial groups and even about their own group. I think I would consider everyone to be a part of a racial group. Even white people, although they are privileged, still fit in to a group that classifies them.