At times, we tend to judge people or even a group of people by certain beliefs and assumptions. We do not try to find out the actual picture, but end up making assumptions. Our assumptions and beliefs are based on what we read in books or newspapers, or watch in the television or movies. Often these beliefs turn out to be false, and we end up making a mistake in judging someone. This means we get prejudiced and this is quite common in the present society.
Let us study some of the prejudices that we have believed for years. These prejudices compel us to create unnecessary discrimination.
Suppose you are walking at night in an area that is considered to be not so safe. If you happen to see a group of people, who are senior citizens, the common reaction will be that you will not feel afraid. However, if you come across a group of teenagers wearing jeans and metal chains around their neck, you will immediately get afraid of being attacked by them.
Let us consider another example of prejudice discrimination. A common belief says that people with mental illness are violent and are prone to harm somebody. This opinion has evolved over the years because this is what being portrayed in films, books and television dramas. There could very small percentage of mentally ill people who turn violent. In fact, if you see the statistics, you will find that most of the mentally ill people are not violent and are as calm as normal people. But because of this assumption, we tend to discriminate against a person, who is mentally ill.
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