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Prejudice & Discrimination

Prejudice & Discrimination

Prejudice and discrimination is all around us. Prejudice is preconceived opinion towards something or someone (Oxford, 1997). Discrimination is the prejudiced or prejudicial outlook, action, or treatment towards others (Oxford, 1997). Prejudice and discrimination has been going on since the beginning of time. Prejudice and discrimination started years ago with slavery. Chattel, Child, Debt bondage, and Servile marriages are four types of slavery. Chattel slavery is when one person actually owns another person. Child slavery is when poor families actually send their children out into the streets to beg and steal to survive. Debt bondage slavery is when employers pay their workers such low wages that it is not enough to survive. And last servile marriages is where families will marry off their women against their wills for the pleasure and satisfaction of the man. (Macionis, 2010) When someone mentions prejudice and discrimination one tends to think whites verses blacks. Prejudice and discrimination can be towards another person because of their race, sex, color, or even religious belief.
Some slavery families do not know anything else but slavery and they actually found a type of comfort with it. Because of previous generations participating in these traditions has become a family law or tradition. Many traditions have become a norm for families in slavery and are still important, especially in the South. This explains why southerners have had and still have a hard time changing their prejudice and discrimination views. Southerners worshiped their past, it became their present, and it has colored their vision of the future. By showing how the south passed on prejudice towards blacks and other minorities as a tradition after the civil war, one can now learn how and why the roots of prejudice…...

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