How Do You Prevent Prejudice?

There are many strategies to prevent prejudice, including knowing family roots, taking pride in heritage and sharing this knowledge with others. Prejudice is defined as a negative attitude toward any person or group formed without adequate reason and based on stereotypes, according to the Anti-Defamation League. While prejudice may seem ingrained in society, it is actually a learned behavior, which means it can also be unlearned.

Mindfulness of negative attitudes and assumptions is a vital step to prevent prejudice. It is important to be careful of prejudiced language and avoid stereotypical statements about other groups of people. Preventing prejudice also means speaking out against intolerant statements and jokes made by others. Remaining silent when this kind of speech emerges sends a message of consent. Acting against prejudice means more than just refusing to laugh. It means actively working against these hostile statements.

Preventing prejudice is more than just an individual effort; it takes families and communities. Families can share their customs with friends and invite friends to do the same. Families and communities can organize discussions about the social and cultural impact of prejudice and how to work toward preventing it. Families and friends can also plan outings to diverse areas both inside and outside of their own community and visit local landmarks that center on the struggle for human rights, such as museums and historical sites.