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Why do people discriminate against others?

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People generally discriminate against other people because they have taken their beliefs of stereotypes to a level that causes them to think that others are not equal to them. These beliefs in stereotypes could be the result of moral consciousness or a result of environmental factors present while a person was being raised.

Throughout the world, there are different types of people. These people are different because of their race, body style, religion and dozens of other factors. Most people in the world fit into several different categories, so their race or the type of body they have are not their only defining characteristics. Generally, these categories that humans fit into have different connotations associated with them. These connotations, or stereotypes, can also define what a person is. When people take their belief in stereotypes too far, they begin to become discriminatory toward other groups of people. Some people may even discriminate against others that fit into their own category. People are never born knowing about stereotypes. They can learn about different stereotypes from their parents, the media and the environment around them. The way that people around a child treat stereotypes directly affects the way that a child will handle stereotypes as an adult.

Sources:

  1. un.org

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