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  •  Yep, "prejudice" = prejudging someone you (0+ / 0-)

    don't know based on your own preconceived notions and a finite set of observable facts. He's male, he's African American, he's middle aged, he has brown eyes, he has dark, greying hair, he has a baritone voice, he's "this" tall, he weighs "that" much. If you are biased against any one of these superficial attributes, you are being prejudicial and bigoted. If your bias includes race, you are also being racist.

    This applies equally to being prejudiced in favor of someone based solely on superficial characteristics.

    "'Patriotism' is the last refuge of a scoundrel" - Samuel Johnson, 1775

    preborner: (n.) one who believes that the right to life begins at conception and ends at birth.

    by 1BQ on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 10:45:18 AM PST

    •  True (2+ / 0-)
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      Ahianne, 1BQ

      and often it's something you can't even put your finger on.

      How many times have you met somebody and just don't like them? They haven't done anything to you, they don't know you, you don't know anything about them, and you just cringe when you see them.

      Sometimes you get to know them and figure out later that they have a voice that sounds like your racist uncle, and you can't stand him. Or they wear the same cologne that he did. Or they kinda look like the guy who bullied you unmercifully in HS. Or they dress goth. Or they have striped hair. Or tattoos. Or piercings.

      They could be smart, and funny, and a lot like you. Except for the striped hair. And the tattoos. And the piercings. And that weird laugh.

      Somebody who realizes they have those reactions will work to not let that control their life. You miss out on a lot of nice people that way. Others never figure it out.

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