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University of Toronto St. George
Michael Inzlicht

PSYC12: Psychology of Prejudice Lecture 1: Introduction  Martin Luther King Jr. dreamed of a day when people of all colours and creeds would be judged as equals Prejudice still around?  Rwandan Genocide  Occurred in 1994 where people were killed in short amount of time  2 tribal groups, Tutsi were victims and killed in brutal fashion with machetes and knifes due to their difference in tribes and due to prejudice Prejudice still around?  Indonesian Riots  Economy was collapsing  The largest target with ethnic group was the Chinese Houston suburb opposes plan for mosque neighbour threatens to hold pig races  Dec 7, 2006: KATY, Texas (AP) - A plan to build a mosque in this Houston suburb has triggered a neighbourhood dispute, with community members warning the place will become a terrorist hotbed and one man threatening to hold pig races on Fridays just to offend the Muslims  Many neighbourhood residents claim they have nothing against Muslims and are more concerned about property values, drainage and traffic o Fear of Muslims o Symbolic prejudice Prejudice still around?  "Why does rue have to be black gonna lie kinda ruined the movie."  “Ok call me racist but when I found out rue was black her death wasn't as sad. #ihatemyself."  "Awkward moment when Rue is some black girl and not the little blonde innocent girl you picture." We’re closer…  Elected a black president  This means racism does not exist, but it still does though  Half black, half white  Some progress from 40 years ago, but not much though Racism is over! Let’s Talk about Prejudice  The video (David Chappell) seems prejudice because they bring out the stereotypes.  It is not harm since it is a comedy.  Not quiet because he is only making fun of them in the show  You (u) can see power between parties but yet a comedy only bringing to light the possible stereotypes we hear and see among people When is something prejudice?  Content: What was said? How was it said? Legitimate generalization?  Intention: Meant to harm? Just comedy, not intention to harm, but racist jokes are not nice at all.  Conviction: Does the person truly believe what he/she said? Just to poke fun.  Context: Power between parties. Defining our terms  Stereotype: A set of attributes & traits associated with a group of people (social category)  Prejudice: Biased evaluation of a group based on the traits associated with that group  D
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