RACISM part two

Published March 15, 2021 by Nan Mykel

Prejudice is the attitude that one group of people is in some way inferior to another.
1. Racism – people of color or ethnicity are treated as inferior
2. Sexism – Gender prejudice…Belief that one sex is inferior
3. Ageism – People too old or too young are treated as inferior
4. Classicism – One economic class is seen as inferior to another
5. Homophobia – Belief that LGBTIs are inferior
6. Nationalism – The belief that citizens of one’s own country are superior to all others
7. Religious prejudice – The only prejudice I found written out contained nothing negative cited.
8. Xenophobia – Fear of foreigners
9. Ableism – Those with physical or mental disorders dismissed as inferior
10. Immigrant, Refugees and Gypsy populations – Seen as inferior since “not from here.” Gypsies are one of the most persecuted minority groups worldwide.
11. Political Identity – The belief that members of one’s own political party are superior to all others

Out of curiosity you may want to check yourself for any problems with this topic. For myself, today, I have most difficulty with political prejudice. For example, I feel disrespect for Republicans, and while I have no conscious prejudice against black women, culture has shaped me to have a deep seated fear of black men due in part to a plethora of years of news stories about their criminal activity. Little did I realize that their aggressiveness was exaggerated by the prejudiced media and police of the time.. So one feeds the other. Fear of the unknown is a factor, also. I’ve known personally several wonderful black women, but no wonderful black men, personally…so far. I realize that the men part of black men may also relate to an underlying fear of all men.
Much of this information is from the far-reaching blog theclassroom.com/the.different-types-of-prejudice-12081909.html which contains The Different Types of Prejudice by Parker Janney.

4 comments on “RACISM part two

  • I grew up with a feeling of safety around men of my dad’s generation (Black), but to this day, I still feel nervous around white men, due to my experiences with them. Black guys of my own generation, on the other hand (Gen. X), are another story: they are generally fine to me, but there is a certain sense of anger that men of the older generation never displayed to kids my age. Men of the older generation have tried to court me, but they are always refined, and dignified when rejected (politely, of course). Guys in my own generation, however, lost that sense of suave gentlemanly behavior that the Vietnam era men had, and are a toss up, since they also had that role model, to some extent, and they know that they ought to treat a lady with respect, but they also have the anger that has been made popular by rap music, and the sense that we Black women have abandoned them, and sometimes they take that out on us in ways that men of the older generation never did, in public anyway. So, personally, when I walk down the street and see an older Black man, I nod and expect that he will appreciate my nod, knowing that he will feel me to be rude if I ignore him (unless he thinks I am white, which sometimes happens in CA).

    So, I think it really does, as you pointed out, depend on what messages we see around us, as to how we perceive others.


    • Thanks for sharing that I think there may be several hot buttons that we may not be aware of. Stereotyping is a problem, but it represents one facet of the ability to categorize, a necessary step in cognition. I’m thinking of how we perceive a photo of a little black boy crying over his dead puppy.
      Pavlovian responses kick in, and after all perception gets inside us prior to reaching the cortex. There’s also the defense mechanisms of projection and the Shadow effect. And there may also be mass hypnosis and herd mentality. Along with kin selection it’s sad but no surprise…It does seem like there might be problems with teaching examples of micro aggression. I’m thinking of a “how to” approach. I’m just guessing in all this, off the top of my head. I wonder if the movement had been called “Black Lives Matter Too” might have been received better.

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      • I’ve often thought that that emphasis doesn’t come though on paper, and that something like your idea, or like “Black Lives Also Matter” might have been more accurate, though a terrible acronym.
        (similar to why our team was renamed from the Bullets to the Wizards back in the late 80’s, though I really doubt that it changed the shooting statistics…)


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