Prejudice and Discrimintation

Where does prejudice and discrimination come from?

Prejudice vs. Discrimination

Prejudice is a preconceived opinion of a person or group of people that is not based off of experience. Discrimination is the treatment of a person or group based off of mistaken knowledge of the culture or religion.



People are often misunderstood when it comes to their culture and/or religion which causes conflict like the Rwandan genocide or the Holocaust.

Real-world examples:


-Rwandan Genocide

-Slavery in America

-The Cold War

-Both World Wars

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Textual examples:

-To Kill a Mockingbird

-8 Mile

-The Boy In the Striped Pajamas

-A Child Called "It"

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Excerpt from To Kill a Mockingbird

Besides that, he wore glasses. He was nearly blind in his left eye, and said left eyes were the tribal curse of the Finches. Whenever he wanted to see something well, he turned his head and looked from his right eye.
He did not do the things our schoolmates’ fathers did; he never went hunting, he did not play poker or fish or drink or smoke. He sat in the living-room and read.

Musical Example

Black or White by Michael Jackson:

"And I told about equality and it's true
Either you're wrong or you're right
But, if you're thinkin' about my baby
It don't matter if you're black or white"

Michael Jackson - Black Or White