Although we are taught to respect others sometimes we dont understand the choices of people in different cultures, so we tend to discriminate others for this reason. Every day people are exposed to some sort of discrimination or prejudice. Whether they experience it personally or watch someone else be affected by it. Prejudice and discrimination can undermine a persons self-esteem and self-confidence and make them feel terrible, unaccepted and unworthy. When this happens in children their school performance often suffers, they may become depressed, socially withdrawn and unhappy.
The same thing occurs in adolescence and adults and they may become more self-conscience of how they look or act because of what other people are saying. When people are put down or are discriminated against they start to believe what people are saying about them and this lowers their self worth. They then start to put themselves down and take the abuse from other people because their head is filled with negative thoughts about themselves and their confidence is low.
It is important to disregard what other people have to say about you because if they dont know you how do they really know what they are judging? Prejudice and stereotyping is present in my life in many ways. We see stereotyping and prejudice in our everyday lives, for example when it is assumed that someone who is Asian is smart, using the N word towards colored people, someones sexual orientation, the way someone speaks, looks or dresses.
When I was younger I faced prejudice, being Greek orthodox other kids use to use racial slangs to make fun of my older brother and I. My mom was also made fun of as a child because she used to go to Greek school and speak Greek to her parents, which was considered weird and lame. Stereotyping is also present in the media, such as commercials and movies. For example, in a commercial proving that Clorox is the best detergent for taking out stains you see a group of women in a research facility.
A commercial like this is reinforcing the stereotype that women should stay at home cleaning because cleaning clothes is a womans work. It is common that commercials indirectly and directly present some kind of a stereotype whether it is a gender stereotype, racial stereotype, child gender role stereotype or shallow male stereotype, etc. Prejudice and stereotyping continues to be present in many aspects of our lives but it is how we chose to control and respond to it that is critical.