prejudice

Topics: Sociology, Social psychology, Ethnic group Pages: 4 (1395 words) Published: March 25, 2014
Prejudice is an inevitable aspect of social life

Prejudice not only affects individuals or whole groups of people, but it may concern entire cultures and their respective behaviours towards other societies. There is plenty of evidence which confirms the presence of prejudice from the past to the present day. The demolition of the Roman Amphitheatre in Pula, Croatia, during the 13th century is a good example. For instance, when the Venetians ruled Croatia, they took most of the stones which formed the Amphitheatre and used them for their own buildings (back?) in Venice. This, in fact, happened because of political prejudice and, probably, was also due to the financial difficulties that the Venetians were in. It is also very common that Europeans discriminate against black ethnic groups due to their physical appearance and their different way of thinking. Many African tribes, on the other hand, think that Europeans are the main reason for witchcraft in their countries. Religion also contributes to growing prejudice. Everyday, people from different religious backgrounds try to assert themselves as the “superior” race with the only real religion, making havoc and suffering among other cultures. Indeed, it should be remembered the serious outrage in (against?) Wester Countries, in 2001, because of the destruction of the ancient Buddha of Bamiyan statues in Afghanistan by Taliban, muslims. The Director General of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, Koichiro Matsuura, described this fact as " a crime against culture” (2001). This barbaric act is based on the certainty that a "civilisation" is superior compared to others that, therefore, should be eliminated. Given this evidence in favour of the continuation of prejudice in our society, one instinctive question is whether there is something that people can do to reduce it. The debate between those who think that some strategical solutions exist and those who support the thesis that prejudice...
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