ENG 15 – Assignment #5 Informative Essay

Dr. Belew

15 August 2010

Being Prejudice

According to Macionis (2009, p. 362), “Prejudice is a rigid and unfair generalization about an entire category people.” In the United States (U.S.), there are a diverse group of people that range from African Americans, Caucasians, Asians, and Hispanics (Macionis, 2009, p. 368). Prejudice and discrimination may not be as prevalent as it was during the 1960s, but I believe that it still exists today. It seems that prejudice can range from moderate dislike to extreme hatred. For example, on June 2, 2010, a black man was shot in the head and dragged to his death for ten miles by a white man in Newberry, South Carolina, this was ruled a hate crime (Schafer, 2010). What this man endured is beyond being prejudice.

      I never really thought about prejudice until recently, when trying to buy a computer and being over looked. Another example is that I was working one day and a Caucasian customer snatched a straw out of my hand for no reason. After these instances took place, I began to think, "Have I been a victim of racism?" This made me angry and made me think, "Are there anyone else experiencing the same treatment?" So my investigation began, with my friend named Elisha. He told me about the time he was in high school which was four years ago, and a group of white kids called him a “nigga.” I was amazed. It is hard to imagine that people still feel this way and say that awful racist word. So his story compelled me to seek other stories. Another example, my cousin is a nurse and she told me that male nurses make more than woman nurses. I found this to be disturbing and this is what prompted me to explore acts of prejudice when looking at both race and gender for this essay.

      In history, we can go far back as the 1800s with the beginning of slavery. During this time, people were treated as cattle because based on their skin color they were auctioned off...