Eth 125 Week 2

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Week 2 DQ 1
How does Racial and Ethnic Groups define prejudice? Do you agree with this definition? Why or why not?

Prejudice is describes in the text as “a negative attitude toward an entire category of people, such as a racial or ethnic minority” (Schaefer, 2012, pp. 35). The question asks how do racial and ethnic groups define prejudice, and although I could not find an exact answer to that question, I believe this would accurately describe how both of those groups would define the term prejudice. The description above does accurately describe the term for me. I agree with this definition because it deals with attitudes towards an entire category of people and involves attitudes, thoughts, and beliefs, not actions as stated on page 35 as well.
I had never been exposed to any prejudice except from my Grandfather that had been through a war. I recognized his attitudes, thoughts, and beliefs as prejudice. It was how he grew up and it was obvious that those were passed on to him at an early age. I grew up in a very conservative part of the country and moved far away when I was in my early twenties. The part of the country I moved to had so much racial prejudice, I went into a bit of culture shock from others attitudes, thoughts, and beliefs. What I experienced was the exact definition in my first paragraph of the work prejudice.

Week 2 DQ 2
Racial profiling is frequently in the news and is a prime example of stereotyping in action. How does racial profiling relate to stereotyping? Explain.

I think racial profiling relates to stereotyping by the nature of what is taking place in the mind of the person that is making the judgment. Both, racial profiling and stereotyping are judgments made from learned behavior. Racial profiling as described in the text states “any arbitrary police-initiated action based on race, ethnicity, or natural origin rather than a…...

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