Is Prejudice Really Self-Loathing?
Even though we live in a very diverse culture, many of us are prejudiced toward others who are different from us. Prejudice is based on ignorance, it is judgment based on incomplete information. Wikipedia defines the word prejudice as follows: “refers to prejudgment: i.e. making a decision before becoming aware of the relevant facts of a case. In recent times, the word has come to be most often used to refer to preconceived, usually unfavorable, judgments toward people or a person because of gender, social class, age, disability, religion, sexuality, race/ethnicity, language, nationality or other personal characteristics. Prejudice can also refer to unfounded beliefs[2] and may include "any unreasonable attitude that is unusually resistant to rational influence."[3] As children most of us we were taught to get along, to play nice and love others. Certainly someone somewhere along the line tried to teach us that we should love others as we love ourselves. [...]