Today I will talk about prejudice. They really bother me. I don't think anyone really knows what prejudice is, so I asked artificial intelligence to help me. Yeah, I know it's not okay, but this is what she said: 

 Prejudices are preconceived opinions or attitudes, often negative, towards certain people, groups or phenomena, based on stereotypes, lack of information or misinformation. They can refer to various aspects such as race, ethnicity, gender, age, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, socio-economic status and others.

Why do people have prejudices in the first place?

Evolutionary function: Evolutionarily speaking, prejudices may have been useful to our ancestors in identifying potential threats and making quick decisions. This "quick response" was based on past experience and limited information, which enabled survival.

2. Socialisation: Prejudices are often formed in childhood through socialisation, when children imitate the behaviour and beliefs of their parents, relatives, friends and wider society.

3. Group membership: People have a natural tendency to identify with a particular group (e.g. family, friends, nation). This can lead to a division between 'us' and 'them', where members of the out-group are perceived as different or inferior.

4. Stereotypes: Stereotypes are generalised ideas about certain groups of people. They are often the basis for prejudice because they simplify complex realities and allow for quick judgements.

5. Ignorance and fear: Ignorance and lack of information about other people or cultures can lead to fear of the unknown, which in turn fuels prejudice.

6. Personal experiences: Negative personal experiences with certain individuals or groups can lead to a general negative opinion of the group as a whole.

Effects of prejudice:

Social injustice: Prejudice contributes to discrimination and social injustice as it can lead to unequal treatment of individuals or groups.

Conflict: Prejudice can cause conflict between individuals and groups, leading to tension and violence.

Constraints: People who are targeted by prejudice may have limited opportunities in different areas of life, such as education, employment and housing.

Prejudice can be reduced through education, awareness-raising and exposure to diversity, which helps to overcome fears and misconceptions and promotes mutual understanding and respect.

I think she has summed up perfectly the impact of prejudice in our times. Why, where and where they come from, and what they are in the first place. I have learnt a lot myself and I know you have too. Don't forget to subscribe to the newsletter for more of this kind of content, it's the only way to stay up to date!