Humanities - Prejudice and Persecution

some key words to Humanities Unit 2 - Prejudice and Persecution.

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Prejudice is to pre-judge someone. It can be an attitude or an opinion formed about an individual or a group of people, without knowing all the facts. It is often negative and can influence the way people behave towards others.

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Persecution is when you act on your prejudice. It is the mistreating of a person or group of people with ill-treatment, especially because of race, religion, gender or beliefs.

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Discrimination is when you treat an individual or a group of people differently from others. An example may be the way the Jew's were treated at the time of the Holocaust.

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Genocide is the mass killing or wipeout of a race. This can be outright killing or denying food and water.

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Not accepting or respecting opinions of others, behaviour of others or people.

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The "Ism's"

  • Racism: prejudice and discrimination based on the idea that one race is superiour to another. (Eg: The civil rights movement in America when the black people were seen as inferiour to white)
  • Sexism: Discrimination based on gender and/or gender roles. (Eg: A woman who may be refused a membership to a "all-men" golf club just because of her gender.)
  • Ageism: Discrimination based on a person's age. (Eg: A man forced to retire when he is 60 due to the belief that they are too old to work when 60)
  • Disability: Discrimination based on a person disability. (Eg: A woman who is refused a job/series of jobs due to her disability.)
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To feel less good than others.

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An individual or a group of people who are/were wrongly blamed for a event or situation which has nothing to do with them.

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A belief about a individual or group without taking in account of individual difference. It's when you lump together a group based on a certain aspect.

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A belief that you are better than others.

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