Will prejudice ever become a thing of the past?

Breanna Ebisch, Staff Writer

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Many world leaders and ordinary people around the globe argue that prejudice doesn’t affect our daily lives anymore.

However, despite these arguments, it has never been more evident that prejudice is alive within our society every single day.

Following the recent events such as the Christ Church shooting in New Zealand, the riots in Ferguson, Mo. and discrimination judgements based simply on people’s race, gender, religion, sexuality or ethnicity, it is obvious that judgements are still being made without any true reason.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s definition of prejudice is “injury or damage resulting from some judgement or action of another in disregard to one’s rights.”

These actions can vary from verbal sayings or derogatory terms to physically violent attacks on groups of people, or individuals that have preconceived judgements made about them by others.

Prejudice is dangerous in more ways than one and it is present all across the globe today.

Within the last few years many countries have seemingly made strides towards a more accepting and peaceful society, but there has also been a large spike in hate crimes, especially in the United States, that make the news almost every other day.

The civil rights movement sparked a change all across America and since then, countless amounts of improvements had been made regarding prejudice.

However, even with the changes made in the last few decades, it seems as if society is moving in the opposite direction.

Hatred has seemed to take a reign on many communities that have not only been stereotyped but experienced violence and discrimination for a long period of time.

No matter what changes are made, prejudice always seems to continuously exist. The question still remains; will there ever be a time when the world will be free of prejudice?

The answer is extremely complicated and the solution to eliminate prejudice is a long journey that includes many extremely involved steps. Sociologists, psychologists, world leaders and anthropologists have tried for decades to find the answer to this very question.

What about society makes prejudice thrive and what can the global community do to get rid of the terrible act?

Prejudice has existed for centuries upon centuries but it has never been as prominent as today. Minority groups have been oppressed in multiple instances throughout history and through these horrible actions, prejudice has simply become a normality in today’s world.

More than ever before, violent attacks are occurring across the globe and endangering thousands of people everyday.

Despite the outpouring of support and love for the communities affected, why has no action been taken against the terrible acts that stem from poorly made judgements?

Over many generations, the mindset that carries prejudice is passed down through children and families which is what keeps it alive today.

This not only makes it difficult to eliminate prejudice because it ascends over many years but it also helps people understand how intricate the issue is. There is not simple solution to reaching a world where prejudice doesn’t exist.

There is hope for a world filled of peace and everyone living in harmony with each other. By not making these quick, inaccurate judgements about people who are slightly different than us, the violent actions and hurtful words would cease to exist which would create a much safer world.

Eliminating prejudice is not an entirely impossible, unsolvable problem. It just requires a large amount of effort from millions of people across the globe. By working together and ridding the world of this harmful practice, everyone will be living in a better place and no one will be in danger anymore.

Irregardless of a person’s race, sexuality, gender or religion, we are all human and deserve to be treated with equal amounts of love.

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