What are the main causes of racial prejudice?

January 22, 2007 7:34am CST
Is it about lack of knowledge and understanding? Are people Misguided about this?
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@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
22 Jan 07
I think that a lot of times prejudice results from a lack of understanding and knowledge about a culture or race. If one has had no contact or exposure to specific people in a race, they might be easily influenced by the negative remarks and opinions of others around them, including family, friends, and the media. A lot of children grow up in homes learning to be prejudiced against others by the examples of their parents. I respect people and parents who teach their children to form their own opinions about people on an individual basis.
@snowflake5 (1579)
• United States
22 Jan 07
It's lack of knowledge and it's usually passed down in families (i.e. people who are racist learnt it from their parents' behaviour). And it can only be combatted by teaching and peer pressure, though it's hard for schools to overcome what is taught in the home. Some of it is inferiority complexes too. People who feel bad and make themselves feel better by looking down on or picking on another group.
@XxAngelxX (2832)
• Canada
22 Jan 07
I believe to some extent it is lack of knowledge and understanding. But I also think it has a lot to do with how people were raised. Personally it irks me that some people hate others simply because of the color of their skin or because of their nationality. People have to give me a reason to dislike them, and it's never because of something they have no control over. If someone said they hated people with blue eyes, the majority of us would think that is a foolish reason to hate people, unfortunately they don't think how foolish their reason is for hating a different race.