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Michael Inzlicht

Prejudice Lecture 1 • Martin Luther King Jr. dreamed of a day when people of all colours and creeds would be viewed as equals o “I have a dream”… o That we will not be judged by the colour of our skin but the content of our character o Martin Luther kings dreams are NOT a reality as of now – but some things have changed (can’t say the N word) o We are still judged by our appearance, race, how we dress, etc. • Some things are viewed as natural  but its still not morally right • Prejudice still around? o Rwandan Genocide – early 1990s , a million tootsees (African tribe in Rwanda) were killed in a matter of days, there has never been that many people killed in such a short period of time (100 days) o Other Africans (Hootos who were murdering the Tootsees) – the tribes share language , culture, yet they decided that one group wasn’t good enough o Late 90’s – economic uncertainty, value of the currency dropped- there was mass rioting in Indonesia , the rioting was not random, certain stores were specifically targeted and they tended to be the stores that were owned by Chinese people , Chinese Indonesians were disapropriately chosen as targets in the riots o Chinese people didn’t belong, and were to blame for the economic collapse • Houston Suburb Opposes plan for mosque neighbor threatens to hold pig races o A plan to build a mosque in this Houston suburb has triggered a neighborhood 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 o Many neighbourhood residents claim that they have nothing against Muslims and are more concerned about property values, drainage and traffic • Prejudice still around? o Roo is a character from the hunger games and Roo described as having darker skin o Some people didn’t pick up on Roo being black or darker skin , so when the movie came out and most people weren’t empathetic for her death, and many people were not happy with a black female fulfilliing the role o People have time empathizing with people when they are not part of the group o Black person dieing (have a tougher time empathizing with her death because shes a different race) • Pike Suban – Part of the Montreal Canadians Hockey team o Speculation if Pike Suban will make the Canadian hockey team , and was voted as the best defenseman o Pike is too flamboyant, flashy, has an opinion, speaks their mind,  opinion of coach  He is perceived as not respecting his teammates, or the tradition of hockey players  When they see something ambiguous, they tend to criticize Pike even when members of other races do the exact same thing  Anyone who criticizes Pike are not perceived as being racist, because they are hiding their prejudice underneath legitimate concerns o Despite the fact that the American president is black , Racism is NOT over o Steven Colbert-“We live in post racial America” – had a skit (nonsense and he was making fun of the idea) • Movie clip o Dave Chapelle quit doing his show, because he felt guilty about targeting stereotypes and he wasn’t sure if his picking fun at stereotypes was reinforcing (strengthening) the stereotypes o Scene where he’s on a plane and has the option of ordering fried chicken or fish, he chooses fish, and another white man on the plane gives him his plate instead because the fish all ran out o There’s a man who symbolizes their conscience, and basically fulfills the stereotype of a black/Mexican guy etc. o There is an association between fried chicken and black people, liking skinny buts and white people, pronouncing things in certain ways and Asian people, we know these stereotypes and we think of them automatically when you encounter someone of that social category • When is something prejudice? o Content- what was said? How was it said? Legitimate generalization? o Intention- Meant to harm? Not meant to harm, and he wanted to raise awareness and make people laugh o Conviction- does the person truly belie
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