Prejudice, Stereotypes, & Discrimination Warm Up In your notebook, copy and answer the following question using complete sentences: What do people from other countries think about people from Colombia? You have five minutes… President, Dinner or Jail? Task #1 – write three characteristics of each person: Task #2 – pick one to have dinner with, one to put in jail, and one to be president Person #1 Person #2 Person #3 Directions Please put your selections aside and set up your notebooks for some notes. Prejudice & Stereotypes n Prejudice is a generalized attitude towards a specific group of people. n Stereotypes are beliefs about groups of people. n People use stereotypes as a way to help them understand other people’s behavior, but stereotypes are often wrong. n People assume those who are different from themselves are similar to each other. n The problem with stereotypes is they assign group characteristics and ignore individual characteristics. Discrimination n Discrimination is the unfair treatment of people because they are part of a group. n Victims of discrimination can see themselves as inferior and this can lead to low self esteem. Reasons for Prejudice n Some people exaggerate difference to make people seem more different than they actually are. n Prejudice can be used to help justify economic differences. n Children learn from their parents. n Sometimes a group of people is blamed for the problems of another group. Nelson Mandela •Former President of South Africa •Noble Peace Prize Recipient in1993 •He has received over 250 awards •UN has made his birthday known as Mandela Day a holiday for world freedom •He helped lead the transition towards multi-racial democracy in South Africa. Rigoberta Menchú Tum •Has dedicated her life to helping the indigenous people of Guatemalan Civil War •Noble Peace Prize Recipient in1992 •Guatemalan presidential candidate in 2007 Ted Bundy •He was one of the most notorious American serial killers of all time between 1973 and 1978. •Confessed to over 30 murders but his actual number is believed to be between 26 and over 100 •He was executed by the state of Florida in 1989. Terms and Definitions Prejudice – a generalized attitude towards a specific group of people Stereotypes – beliefs about a specific group of people Discrimination – the unfair treatment of people because they are members of a specific group Homework Pick 10 vocabulary words and use them in 10 complete sentences that show you understand the meaning of the words. Do not just rewrite the definition. Due next class.
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