I wanted to start a serious discussion thread about our own personal experiences with bigotry or prejudice, but have found simply defining the terms (and thereby identifying the real underlying problems) is not an especially easy task. There are many differing definitions out there and while most have certain similarities I’m not sure any entirely identify/describe the conditions/attitudes that cause humanity so much grief 100% accurately.
Here are a couple of examples of definitions of ‘prejudice’:
Here are a couple I found for ‘bigot’:”The act or state of holding unreasonable preconceived judgments or convictions. “
“Irrational suspicion or hatred of a particular group, race, or religion.”
A couple for ‘discrimination’:“One who is strongly partial to one's own group, religion, race, or politics and is intolerant of those who differ.
“a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices ; especially : one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance”
I’ll throw one more related term out that’ll probably resonate more with anthropologists than planners, but I think is useful in the context of this discussion – ‘ethnocentrism’“the act, practice, or an instance of discriminating categorically rather than individually b: prejudiced or prejudicial outlook, action, or treatment.”
“treating people differently through prejudice: unfair treatment of one person or group, usually because of prejudice about race, ethnicity, age, religion, or gender”
What in your mind constitutes prejudice or bigotry? If discriminating or showing contempt for others on the basis of age, gender, or race should not be tolerated how about discriminating or showing contempt for others on the basis of what someone thinks or believes – is that fair game?a tendency to evaluate other people, activities, cultures,
etc. primarily from the perspective of one's own as being
‘correct’ or superior.
How often do you find yourself lumped in with a group and treated with contempt? We’ve heard it said that we are all somehow minorities – do you believe this to be true?