State of Fear
Do you know what we call opinion in the absence of evidence? We call it prejudice.
—Michael Crichton, State of Fear
Prejudice is an underlying complex mix of mental perceptions and associated emotions and attitudes toward members of another group that often result in social distance and manifest in overt acts of discrimination. An important first step in addressing the roots of prejudice and discrimination is to trace the historical sources and the psychological reinforcements.
In this Assignment, you will explore historical examples of prejudice and discrimination, drawing on how prejudice is perpetuated across generations, and analyzing the implications of persistent prejudice in society.
Submit a 3- to 4-page paper in which you do the following for both your historical example and your contemporary example of discrimination:
Support your assertions by making at least two documented references to your course readings. Please use proper APA formatting to cite each of your sources.
Length: 3–4 pages
“We often think of bias and prejudice as rooted in ignorance. But as psychologist Paul Bloom seeks to show, prejudice is often natural, rational… even moral. The key, says Bloom, is to understand how our own biases work—so we can take control when they go wrong.”