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PREJUDICE In My Own Words Walking down the street a large variety of people can be seen There will be businessmen athletes the occasional bum maybe a punk rocker or two rappers some country boys and who the heck else knows what walking the other way Everywhere a person goes the store school the movies anywhere this diversity can be seen It is exactly this diversity which forms the basis of my definition for the word prejudice To me prejudice has less to do with colors skin and religion It is more about a person and their preconception of what other peoples values are and how they should act When a person walks down the street and looks out upon the men and women walking towards them they see not people but stereotypes There are the jocks nerds guidos businessmen the list goes on These labels are the things that keep people from excepting other individuals as just that - individuals When someone cannot overcome the preconceived ideas of what other people are like they have become prejudiced towards them This includes thinking someone is just a bum or only a football player Reducing a person to only one dimension is what constitutes an act of prejudice in my mind Unfortunately everyone does this some more than others do Every time I go into the store onto the street or around campus I see people of all types Even as I write this and think back on today I saw many people whom I didnt know I placed them into certain categories Some where good some were bad and they may will probably never know what I was thinking But the real tragedy is that there have been innumerable people that I have not met and never will that may have enlightened me to things that are out of my range of experience If I think of the times that I have pushed aside my
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