Prejudice and Discrimination in Our Society
There are many different forms of prejudices and discrimination. Three common forms include racism, ageism and sexism. Using examples of these three forms, this paper will show you that prejudice and discrimination can be obvious or subtle in our lives.
One of the most predominant forms of prejudice and discrimination is racism. The Ku Klux Klan was a group of terrorists who believed in the inferiority of blacks and therefore resented the rise of former slaves to a status of civil equality and often to positions of political power. However not only did they discriminate against blacks it also included Roman Catholics and Jews, who were increasingly made targets of taunting and persecution by the Klan. The Ku Klux Klan, also known as the ˜KKK', is an example of obvious prejudice and discrimination taken to an extreme.
Another form of obvious racism occurred in our society after September 11th, 2001. It stirred up much controversy about who was to blame for the tragedy and why they would do such a thing. Since then, the United States, as well as Canada has started to increase security in airports and border crossings. Since the Middle East have, lets say, been ˜pointed the finger at' by the U.S., it is now harder for them to immigrate for the risk of terrorism. Did you know that 48% of 1,209 Canadians polled said that they would agree with racial profiling for interest of security? Middle Eastern people are the victims of prejudice and that is only because of North Americans looking at everyone who wears a turban or has a long beard as an Al-Qaeda warrior. Society needs to realize that these people are just as innocent as the rest of North America, and they immigrated here for the simple fact that their lives are in danger with the wars and terrorism happening in their country.
In contrast to the KKK's obvious discrimination, many law enforcement agencies show subtle discrimination. Fo