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HAT Forum - Can we move beyond prejudice?

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Proposer - Jon Aldridge

Dictionary.com definitions of prejudice:
noun
1.an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason.
2. Any preconceived opinion or feeling, either favorable or unfavorable.

Topic questions:


What kinds of prejudice are there?

  • Is, for instance, nepotism a kind of prejudice?
  • Are some kinds of prejudice more egregious than others?

Is prejudice inevitable?

  • Is forming categories and using those categories to navigate the world just a typical human behaviour?
  • Has the world become less prejudiced in general?

Is prejudice a character flaw?

  • Should we examine our own prejudices more?
  • Should we always try to overcome prejudice?
  • Is prejudice ever justified/always undesirable?

What prejudices have you held?

  • Have you managed to change your stance towards a prejudice you have/had?
  • If so, how?
  • Have you ever alleviated someone else’s prejudice?

What factors lead to prejudice?

  • Cultural isolation?
  • Personality?
  • Casting bad experiences from some members of a group onto all members?
  • Passing prejudice from parent to child, teacher to student?

What factors can undermine prejudice?

  • Exposure to out-group members?
  • Formal education?
  • The changing of generations?
  • Protests/Demonstrations?
  • Law?