Discrimination Worksheet

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Discrimination Worksheet

Write a 100- to 200-word response to each of the following questions. Provide citations for all the sources you use.

• What is discrimination? How is discrimination different from prejudice and stereotyping?
According to Merriam-Webster discrimination, it is the practice of unfairly treating a person or group of people differently from other people or groups of people.

According to "Hate- Don'T Buy In" (2013), Prejudice is an attitude or belief, which is formed or held without really considering the facts (Alberta Human Rights Commission, Human Rights: Respecting our Differences Students’ Manual at 6). Prejudice means judging in advance.

According to "Hate- Don'T Buy In" (2013), Stereotyping involves making global assumptions without knowing all the facts. A stereotype assumes that all members of a group share some general quality. (ie. They are smart, they are stupid, they are hardworking, they are bad drivers, etc.) Stereotyping of people or groups can be derogatory and can lead to prejudice and discrimination. The following scenario illustrates how stereotypes can lead to discrimination.

• What are the causes of discrimination?
Some types of discrimination are sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, gender, religion, or anything that can group you into a category with others.   It is often caused by ignorance, fear, stereotypes, and hatred.

• How is discrimination faced by one identity group (race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability) the same as discrimination faced by another? How are they different?

Discrimination is usually about something you have no control over.   It is argued that sexual orientation is a choice so that would set this one apart from some others like race and gender.  

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