Understanding Prejudice
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Springboards for Discussing Prejudice

This page contains an assortment of "springboards" for discussing the first section of Understanding Prejudice and Discrimination. Instructors using other textbooks or readings are welcome to edit and adapt these questions as they see fit. Printable versions of this page are also available in Word and pdf formats.
  1. Is it possible to be free of prejudice? Have you ever met anyone who was?

  2. Are you prejudiced? If so, what are some recent instances in which you behaved in a prejudiced way? If not, how do you know that you're not prejudiced?

  3. If you've behaved in a prejudiced way, what caused the prejudice, and what might reduce it? How did other people respond to your behavior?

  4. If a close friend or family member were to make a prejudiced comment, would you protest? Why or why not? What about a stranger or acquaintance -- would you respond in that situation?

  5. If you were to make a prejudiced comment at a party or among a group of friends, would your friends say something?

  6. Does the categorization of people always result in prejudice? What about categorizing people in a positive way -- does that result in prejudice?

  7. Are stereotypes ever a good thing? Have you ever tried to get people to stereotype you, either positively or negatively?

  8. Does the very categorization of people -- for example, as female, a college student, African-American, or Texan -- necessarily rob them of individuality?

  9. At a psychological level, what are the common denominators that link all forms of prejudice?

  10. In general, which forms of prejudice seem to be declining over time, and which forms seem to be persisting or increasing?

  11. Which forms of prejudice most socially acceptable, and which are least acceptable? Why are some forms more acceptable than others?

  12. When, if ever, is it best to remain colorblind to race and ethnicity? When, if ever, is it best to celebrate multicultural differences? Do the goals of colorblindenss and multiculturalism conflict with each other?

  13. What do you think the most difficult aspect is of being a racial, ethnic, or religious minority member? What is the most difficult aspect of being a majority group member?