I agree with Joanna, fear of the unknown is probably the biggest reason why people are prejudiced. It’s also the reason why there are so many stereotypes – they make it easier (or even too easy) to judge who’s good and who’s not. Discrimination is when we act on our prejudices. For example, when someone thinks that women aren’t as smart as men, they might not give woman a job just beecause of her gender.
Personally I’ve witnessed some situations like that. I come from a small town where people are very closed-minded. It’s not hard to hear a comment about someone’s sexuality or people talking about people of color in a prejudiced way.
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