Discrimination and prejudice has gradually become one of the major impacts and burdens in the workplace and all over the world. Research shows that both have existed for thousands of years and have been transmitted throughout generations. There are many phases to prejudice and discrimination and over time each has become more sophisticated. Even today, it is hard to believe that in some individuals mindsets they feel that are not prejudice nor have they ever discriminated against someone. People suffer through discrimination because they have differences amongst one another: different beliefs, different cultures, and different skin color. For this paper, I will discuss ...view middle of the document...
Prejudice brings about fear of the unknown. Prejudice is always the expression or experience of a negative attitude or feeling towards another person or group, based on some group-based characteristic. For example, statements such as “I hate Jews” or “Homosexuals disgust me” would be expressions of prejudice. Like stereotypes, prejudice can develop at a very early age, especially if a child is surrounded by family and friends who express such negative beliefs. How often have people been guilty of pre-judging something or someone based upon looks and certain characteristics without any knowledge about a person? An individual walks into a professional interview dressed in all black, with tattoos and face paint, although he/she have met the desired job requirements and has exceptional etiquette he/she will most likely not make it passed the initial interview because of inherited prejudices of the interviewer. Would this be a fair assumption, no, however based on society this type of attitude is acceptable.
What is discrimination?
Discrimination is defined as the act, practice, or an instance of discriminating categorically rather than individually. Prejudice and discrimination go hand in hand, often times it is difficult to be prejudice against someone or something without signs of discrimination. Discrimination can be viewed as an external representation of prejudice. Michael LeMay’s states that” Discrimination is applied prejudice”, I happen to agree with this definition because prejudice is usually kept inside of the individual, so as to have a quiet judgment among people. Discrimination, however, is prejudice put into practice. Those who discriminate actively practice prejudice; it is no longer kept inside, but rather openly practiced against the people. Prejudice is best described as an attitude towards a certain group of peoples based solely on their membership in that social or ethnic group, whereas discrimination are actions taken against those members, the behavioral manifestation of prejudice. Discrimination can be honest or dishonest behavior. For instance, in the Cracker Barrel case one waitress states she would make African Americans pay for their food first because she had experience and instance where the African Americans left without paying. Although this was not proven, what the waitress did was she took her prejudice emotion about African American and turned it into a discriminatory act by making the customers pay. The act the waitress displayed is dishonest discrimination; her behavior was rude, inappropriate (Young, 2003).
Prejudice and Discrimination in the workplace
The workplace increasingly is more diverse than ever before. For decades African Americans,
Women, and many minorities were excluded from participating in most of the desirable jobs and be eligible for equal promotions. Even when declared unconstitutional, the discrimination against minority groups often persisted (Beauchamp & Bowie, 1993). Although...