A learned attitude as a consequence of which people have an opinion or value judgement concerning other individuals or groups. Prejudices become apparent in stereotypes or generalisations. They frequently know a contradictory character just like stereotypes: ' they are lazy ' and ' they catch our jobs '. Prejudices originate frequently from incorrect opinions or statements and generalisations/ stereotyping.
Examples of an incorrect opinion/statement:
- In Portugal the weather it is always nice
- Gay men are relatively smooth relatively and have therefore a good link with their mother
- Girls with red hair can kiss well
- All immigrants are Muslim
- All Muslims are fundamentalists
Examples of prejudices, stereotypes and generalisations:
Remy, a Tunisian boy, enters a bus. Daisy sits in the same bus near a Ms.
The Ms. sees Remy coming in and put her handbag close to her body. She says against Daisy that Moroccan young people are dangerous (stereotype/generalisation). "Your handbag is not safe if such a boy passes by (prejudice)".
Joost Jansen does his alternative punishment in swimming pool “The Gulf”. Joost is convicted for drunken driving and have to do on eight Saturday mornings clean-up works in '”The Gulf”. The pool manager has already informed the other cleaners. They reacted indignant; "Criminals are all the same (stereotyping/generalisation). Let's put our bags away when he comes (prejudice), because he steels everything what he sees.
Ramesh from Nepal tells: I have been almost 10 years in the Netherlands and have work as a computer programmer. If I’m honest, I think that many Dutch think that:
- all immigrants are Islamic
- all immigrants are the same
- we constantly need support and help
- most of the immigrants are stupid
- a foreign diploma is less worth is than a Dutch diploma
Dialogue concerning examples in relation to parents – teachers.
Conscious of stereotypes/generalisations and preconceptions the student have.
Fill in firstly your opinion and discuss afterwards in your group if it concerns a stereotyping or prejudice/preconception.
Which stereotyping and prejudices which you use sometimes, have encountered you much, during making this task? How comes you think?
What do you think of: normal ridiculous nicely different?
two women who walk arm in arm? two men who walk arm in arm? a man in a tight pink pullover? a man in a tight pink pullover? someone with a cock-peak haircut? complete thick a person? a woman with a nijab? someone with a head shaved? someone without teeth? someone with dreadlocks? a girl and boy kisses on the street? two women who kiss on the street? two men who kiss on the street? gay wedding? a praying Moslem? a man in a swimming trouser on skates? the profession imam? the profession prostitute? someone with tattoo’s? someone who is drunk? someone with 6 children? the professional teacher?