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Prejudice Discrimination Prejudice is a set of learned beliefs and values that lead a person to be biased against other members of other groups People are not seen as individuals and biased people label other people to special groups Prejudice is mostly based on inaccurate information about people For example immediately after September 11th a mass amount of Americans developed a hate for people from the Middle East even though all the facts about the tragedy were not present yet There are two types of prejudice One type is when you are discriminating all outsiders ethnocentricity and the other is when you are discriminating specific groups of people In this sense the word discriminating means that we are treating a group in a negative way There are also many forms of discrimination Verbal abuse property attack physical attack and genocide are all ways in which you can perform discrimination Ethnocentrism Cultural Relativism The official definition of ethnocentrism is characterized or based on the attitude that ones own group is superior and has race as the central interest Ethnocentrism in my opinion is very ignorant unintelligent and closed minded in that your normal rituals may seem just as strange to other cultures but are seen by them in a more understanding way Ethnocentrism has been instilled in us since birth learning to attach our selves to our cultural groups depending on them for comfort and a sense of safety Ethnocentrism may manifest itself in behavior such as warfare attitudes of superiority hostility violence discrimination and verbal aggression In the past groups such as the Nazis the Crusaders and the Muslims have waged wars and death over cultural and religious differences using ethnocentrism as there incentive Cultural Relativism is an ethical theory to the effect that the rightness or wrongness of an action depends exclusively on the standards of the actors culture According to cultural relativism there are
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