There are five stages of prejudice according to Gordon Allport, author of THE NATURE OF PREJUDICE. The 5 stages are(1) antilocution i.e. making derogatory statements/remarks regarding a certain ethnic or racial group,(2)avoidance i.e. having little or no contact with the particular ethnic or racial group in question, (3) discrimination i.e. establishing laws and/or acting in ways to deny equal access/opportunities to members of a certain ethnic or racial group, (4) physical attack of an ethnic or racial group i.e. lynching or mobbing (5) extermination/annihilation-genocidal practices against an ethnic or racial group. Let's discuss this in detail.
I love your forums GM. Prejudice comes from the 'fear of the unknown'. For some unearthly reason people are afraid of others who look different than themselves. It's a sad world for sure. When I lived in South Carolina there is a saying : "strange fruit grow from southern trees". This was referring to the lynchings that took place there. There is a popular restaurant in Columbia that has lynching photographs all over the walls and slurrs all over the sidewalk. It's considered a 'landmark'. Really? I thought it was just horrendous. I had to loose my Maine accent because of the prejudice against yankees. It was a truely eye opening experience for me. I bought my first house in Gaston, SC. Only to find out that my neighbor's father was the Grand Dragon of the KKK. I sold my house a year later because I didn't want to be associated with that. There are good and bad in all races, creeds and colors of people. Unfortunately, we will all never get along.
It is a shame that prejudice continues to exist. People have not learned the lessons from genocide. Genocidal acts are continuing around the world. When will humanking evolve beyond tribalism and into universalism?
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