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What causes prejudice? research and report current thought in your topic area. You should not include your own opinion in this paper. Include references

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The expert discusses the several theories of what causes prejudices. The research and reports through the current thought are given.

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When prejudice comes to mind, it is generally in a negative way; however, prejudice can refer to either a negative or a positive attitude, belief, or opinion that is directed toward specific people. These attitudes support and justify discrimination.

One cause of prejudice can be social norms. Social norms can influence prejudice and discrimination by attitudes and values that are learned through association, reinforcement, and modeling. This is evident because children are not born with prejudices, attitudes, or with stereotypes; however, they learn these values and beliefs from their family members, peers, teachers, the media, and through other socialization. Another source of prejudice comes from different forms of fear. Fear of the unknown or different can cause a person to be prejudice against someone or something because of the fear of harm (1).

Prejudice, defined by this article is an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed in advance without knowledge, thought or reason (2). The article further explains the impact of prejudices and internal colonialism on racial and ethnic minorities which places these events within an international context, specifically the post-World War II era when oppressed people around the world sought liberation ...

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