“I was never taught to judge a book by it’s cover”

Chapter 3: Prejudice and discrimination

Within the chapter it talks about how either of the 2 terms can’t be unavoidable in certain situations that begin being spoken about. The book goes into detail of scenarios in each section and how things can come to an understanding of how the viewpoints come into perspective of two sided circumstances. The book also states “we all hold prejudices and discriminate based on our prejudices” (pg.28).

As humans we all carry preconceived notions about our surroundings, we look around and judge based on what we see, then it carries out to be discrimination in particular actions which we don’t even know, until we take a step back and realize what just happened and how the situation was handled by the individual. As the book states “prejudices can either be positive or negative, they are always unfair, because they are not earned by the individual but granted or imposed based on the ideas about the group that the individual belongs to”, (pg.29). This particular statement relates a lot to the previous chapter about not having that intellectual humility, because it doesn’t allow that person to speak on their on behalf of the reality of the actual situation that happens.

Also the readings that were viewed in class on the 1st really opens your eyes in the reality of prejudices and discriminatory that are within Saskatchewan and Canada. The bursts of outrages that shed light to people you would’ve never even thought of. One incident can really show a person’s true colours about themselves, and the person retaliating earns the label “racist”. Reality just can’t be swept under the rug and be forgotten about, because eventually everything that was done will come back in to the light of day.

Reference:

Sensoy, Ö., & DiAngelo, R. (2012). Is everyone really equal? An introduction to key concepts in social justice education. New York: Teachers’ College Press

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3 thoughts on ““I was never taught to judge a book by it’s cover””

  1. Between Prejudice and discrimination only discrimination is avoidable, its out prejudice that allows us to act to discrimination. Labelling a person because their white is a prejudice, acting on treating them white is your discrimination. Prejudice is really the hard one to stop doing, its basically impossible. Your always going to see girls as weaker then boys, and the old wiser then the young, its how you treat them that really matters, and I really didn’t understand the last paragraph, were you referring to the Colton case? Because his shooter was labelled a racist.

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    1. How you mentioned that prejudice is really impossible to stop doing, is pretty much saying that it is unavoidable. The reading states that both terms are unavoidable in any situation that happens.

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