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Abstract Anti-Semitism can be defined most simply as hostility directed at Jews solely because they are Jews In spite of what anti-Semites profess anti-Semitism is not caused by the actions or beliefs of Jews but rather is a result of attitudes and behavior that arise regardless of what Jews do or believe Anti-Semites are antagonistic to Jews for who they are and what they represent a religion and a culture Understanding Hate and Prejudice The workforce of the future will represent a broad range of gender age and ethnic differences It is critical for people entering the workforce to be aware of these changes and of the necessity to work with all different kinds of people Learning to appreciate differences is a workplace requirement The increased use of human relations skills will lead to a much higher quality of life and a more pleasant work environment with less strife or conflict When people are getting along well with one another a workplace has increased productivity fewer errors a positive feeling of team spirit and lower employee turnover Prejudice Discrimination and Scapegoating Without examining a person on his or her own merit we have already adopted a negative attitude that implies a judgment A prejudice is a mixture of beliefs and feelings that predisposes people to respond negatively to members of a particular group Prejudice is an emotional rigid attitude It leads one to select certain facts for emphasis blinding one to other facts It causes one to look on all members of a group as if they were alike Simpson and Yinger 1972 Social prejudice is a negative hostile rigid and emotional attitude towards a person simply because he or she is perceived to belong to a group and is presumed to possess the negative qualities ascribed to the group as a result of selective obsolete or faulty evidence The beliefs that make up the cognitive component of prejudice are called stereotypes Stereotypes are
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