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Hasan Brohi Mrs Murar Honors English 11 5 May 1999 Everyday Encounters with Prejudice In todays diverse society we must learn to cope with many groups of people different from ourselves Whether the difference is ethnic religious or professional we always tend to attach some undesirable quality to it Often this results in stereotypes and of course prejudice Stereotypes are one of the main types of prejudice Almost everyone uses them and not many of us are even aware of it For example a friend of mine once said Saudi kids are so rude I knew she was just using this as a lead-in to tell me about an incident involving both herself and Saudi Arabian kids However I was offended by her comment and I pointed out to her that she was attributing rudeness to all Saudi kids Because I have many Saudi friends myself I knew the duplicity of her remark My prejudiced friend also attempted to entertain me with jokes about Sikhs and Hindus Personally I knew she was not directly ridiculing these two religious groups On the other hand this light-hearted prejudice may seem serious to someone else She probably had heard these jokes from someone else and was just repeating them jocularly Sadly many forms of prejudice are inherited in this manner however its intent is rarely that of malice Prejudice and bias may also spring up in the wake of an unfavorable incident involving a group or any of its members For instance just walking through the hallways in school I am bound to overhear at least twenty students each day complaining about some teacher You know I really hate Mr So-and-so a student grumbles he just gave me a C on my project Such comments may have lasting effects on the attitudes of others many of whom refuse to think for themselves and just accept without verification the opinionsbiases of others It is quite evident that discrimination
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