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Can prejudice ever be a good thing?

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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.
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This article has set me thinking even deeper about prejudice. From articles, tragedies, and even education, we always conclude that prejudice is something that we must not have. However, this article has changed my perspective of prejudice. After hearing what he said, “Prejudice and bias are natural, they're often rational, and they're often even moral” and after his explanation, I realised that prejudice and stereotyping is actually just ‘categorising people’ based on their races, beliefs, cultures, looks etc. Mr Paul Boom has successfully convinced me that prejudice is something that we need in our everyday lives. He mentioned this conclusion in Hazlitt’s essay, "Without the aid of prejudice and custom, I should not be able to find my way my across the room; nor know how to conduct myself in any circumstances, nor what to feel in any relation of life”, which is after all true, at least to me. Prejudice is actually not wrong. We just have to keep those insensitive comments to ourselves and not show or act it out. This way, horrible consequences would not have taken place. Now, as we understand more about prejudice, “we're in a better position to make sense of them when they go wrong, when they have horrible consequences, and we're in a better position to know what to do when this happens.”

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Charmaine Lau Li Fen's curator insight, July 13, 2014 8:57 AM

This article allow me to have a different view about prejudice. Prejudice are often taught to us as a bad habit, but in this video, Paul Bloom how us that we actually need prejudice to guide us in our lives, so that it leads us to a better route in life. "Without the aid of prejudice, is should not be able to find my way across the room, nor how to conduct myself in circumstances, nor to feel in any relation of life." I really agree to this. Example when i see a principal walk pass me, i should expect her to be a person of values and to greet her politely. but without prejudice, i would not even think of her as a respectable person, and naturally i would not greet her.

Now i feel that prejudice is only harmful when it is negative towards the people who are receiving the comments. But under other circumstances, it is necessary to have it in our lives to guide us along

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Our society has a skewed view of racism and violence - Daily Inter Lake

Our society has a skewed view of racism and violence - Daily Inter Lake | Conflict and Prejudice | Scoop.it
Our society has a skewed view of racism and violence
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But do we see Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton leading a march, screaming about the evils of racism? Do we see Eric Holder talking about prosecuting the perpetrators for a hate crime?
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An act of kindness from a stranger, Mr Utash, to help a boy stuck by a truck, resulted in a tragedy. The mob not only did not find out the situation from Mr Utash, they also judge a book by its cover, because he was of a different colour, thus, they started beating him up. The angry mob should have used that time and energy on saving that boy but instead they used it on beating someone innocent. If everyone practices prejudice and judge people based on their colour, riots and conflicts, like this incident, would be common. Innocent lives will also be lost. Hence, we should always practice racial harmony and create a better and peaceful world.

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Footballer: 'Racism common in Finland' - YLE News

Footballer: 'Racism common in Finland' - YLE News | Conflict and Prejudice | Scoop.it
Footballer: 'Racism common in Finland'
YLE News
Two black footballers at the south-western town club Ekenäs Idrottsförening say that racism on the field is a common occurrence.
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It is sad to know that even at football matches, racism do take place. Football matches are suppose to bring people together and foster stronger bonds between them. However, in Finland, there are still spectators who hurled racial insults to black footballers. Those footballers said that they are used to it, but they should not just turn a blind eye. Even though they might have been insulted numerous times, but they should still speak up for themselves and put a stop to it. If nothing is done, abuses like this will repeatedly occur. Hence, footballers deserve respect from us, regardless of their colour.

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Justin Ng Jie Ern's curator insight, July 14, 2014 9:26 AM

Football is supposed to be a sport that brings people of different walks of life together, and form strong bonds with each other. However even in football matches, racism still takes place. In Finland, black footbllers will be insulted by the supporters, asking them to go back to their own country. Those footballers say that they are used to it and it doesnt bother them. But no matter how hard they try to hide it, the feeling of being insulted will still burn in their hearts. THerefore, we should try to respect them more as a hman. It does not matter what skin colour they are or what religion you are from, they are all still humans.

Justin Ng Jie Ern's curator insight, July 14, 2014 9:55 AM

Football is supposed to be a sport that brings people of different walks of life together, and form strong bonds with each other. However even in football matches, racism still takes place. In Finland, black footbllers will be insulted by the supporters, asking them to go back to their own country. Those footballers say that they are used to it and it doesnt bother them. But no matter how hard they try to hide it, the feeling of being insulted will still burn in their hearts. THerefore, we should try to respect them more as a hman. It does not matter what skin colour they are or what religion you are from, they are all still humans.

Melissa Chua's curator insight, July 10, 5:16 AM

Football is a game that i love and play a lot. It is upsetting to know that racism can still take place, even at somewhere where people come together and support their favorite teams. Football is a game where every man is equal on the field. It honestly does not matter where you are from, who you are, or your skin color. This game is fair and square, and no one should ever look down on someone else  and think they aren't good just because they are of a different skin color, or nationality. As mentioned by Solomon, " This is just football, there shouldn't be any form of racism,".