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Racial prejudice and discrimination are an all to common part of our cognitive social being but many social psychologists believe that it can be stopped but only with the help of social conditioning Dr Araia explains racism and racial prejudice as complex attributes and manifestations of mostly differentiated structured class societies Racial prejudice refers to a special type of attitude usually something negative toward any group or ethnicity that is not of ones own social class Respecting human dignity in contrast to forming stereotypes and discriminating amongst one another will eliminate the sickness that racism spreads Why does racial prejudice exist Individuals hold prejudice views because doing so allows them to bolster their own self-image Thus a person makes himself or herself believe they are better than another giving them a feeling of greater importance An additional reason for holding prejudice views is that doing so can save us considerable cognitive effort Dr Araia mentions how ancient geographer Solinus portrays Africa as filthy people and monstrous wild animals and dragons Such prejudice views are a form of collective representation because a person forms views of certain social groups through analyzing the individual traits of one group member forming one opinion for the whole group Now when racial prejudice is acted upon by an individual it is called discrimination African Americans for years have had to endure extreme amounts of discrimination Though in recent years discrimination has decreased it has all but vanished from our society Early on in our history people were less subtle than they are today when it comes discrimination Everything in our society was segregated every group had their own facilities and was not to be used by members of a different group At this time people felt less remorse for expressing openly racist views They would state that they were against school desegregation that they viewed minority groups as inferior in various ways and that they would consider moving
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