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JUSTICE AND PREJUDICE. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. - Martin Luther King Jr. PREJUDICE. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you --Matthew 7:12

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  • Do unto others as you would have them do unto you

--Matthew 7:12

  • There is neither Jew nor Greek, neither slave nor free man, neither male or female—for you are all one in Christ Jesus

--Galatians 3:28

We are ALL children of the loving God
  • Jesus preached God’s love for everyone
  • The Holy Spirit allows us to form our community into one of love
  • When we look into the eyes of another human being do we see differences of skin color, age, sex, national origin, physical/mental attributes or limitations, or do we see a sister or a brother?
Prejudice is a prejudgment based on insufficient data
  • Judgments and attitudes are primarily internal, though our tendency is to translate them into action
  • People normally do not keep prejudices to themselves; eventually these feeling find expression
  • Prejudice is a favorable or unfavorable feeling toward a person or thing, prior to, or not based on, actual fact.
  • Notice that prejudice involves feelings
  • It is not always negative. It can be positive
negative prejudice
Negative Prejudice
  • Negative prejudice is, of itself, sinful
  • It violates the virtue of justice which calls on us to respect the dignity of others
  • Negative prejudice infects humanity like a virus. The holocaust is a perfect example
three conditions make prejudice wrong
Three Conditions Make Prejudice Wrong
  • 1. Prejudice is wrong when it threatens the rights of people, that is, when it denys people their just due
  • 2. Prejudice is wrong when it is illogical or when it exhibits stereotypical thinking (categorizing an entire group based on one or two faulty assumptions- “blonds are dumb”)
  • 3. Prejudice is a fault when it resists new information, when one is unwilling to change his or her mind when confronted with the truth – someone who is unwilling to change
It is our responsibility to eliminate any form of injustice, oppression, or violence against those not being treated as equals
  • Bigot: one who out of pride and stubbornness holds on to their beliefs and erroneous opinions contrary to the evidence.
  • Bigots neither listen to nor consider the views of others. They have closed minds and act out of sinfulness
stages of prejudice
Stages of Prejudice


  • To speak against.
  • Most people will express their negative feelings for others by talking against them
  • Some expressions even emerge unconsciously – “I Jew’d him down”, “Indian giver”, “No way Jose”. These expressions only reinforce stereotypes. What about ethnic jokes?
Some expressions even emerge unconsciously

– “I Jew’d him down”

_ “Indian giver”

_ “No way Jose”.

These expressions only reinforce stereotypes. What about ethnic jokes?

Sticks and stones may hurt my bones but words will hurt me too!! The old saying is NOT true.
  • Antilocution is always demeaning and un-Christian.

This type of language ought to be rooted out of our own vocabulary and challenge our friends who use it.

  • What are some common everyday expressions that have imbedded in them subtle prejudice based on stereotypes?
  • What are the names of various groups, organizations, and clubs that make up your “IN” group?
  • The most progressive way of expressing bias or prejudice is avoidance of members of a disliked group
  • It is dehumanizing and un-Christian to treat others as though they do not exist
  • This type of behavior does not directly inflict harm but the person ignored does feel hurt
Avoidance often leads to worse manifestations of overt prejudice
  • The one most often inconvenienced is the prejudiced person
  • What kind of avoidance behavior have you witnessed here at school?
  • What cliques are prominent in our school? Do they engage in avoidance behavior?
  • Discrimination involves harmful actions against disliked person.
  • Discrimination denies individuals their fundamental rights; not treating them as equals
  • Examples of discrimination in our society abound. What are some examples?
We are all equal in our humanity as creatures of a loving God who endows us with dignity
  • Denying people jobs because of race, ethnicity, sex, religion, age
  • Excluding people from neighborhoods
  • Restricting educational or recreational opportunities
  • Excluding people from joining churches or other social groups
  • Segregating people in neighborhoods, schools, hotels, buses, etc.
Have you ever been a victim of discrimination because of your age, sex, national origin, religion, socio-economic background?
  • How did you feel at the time the discrimination took place?
  • Can you give any examples of discrimination you have seen involving other than race?
The ultimate form of prejudice is killing the “undesirable”, eliminating either the individual or an entire group of people to which he or she belongs
  • What are some examples of this you’ve learned about throughout our history?
Our love should be inclusive, not exclusive
  • It is our responsibility to uproot prejudice from our own lives and fight it whenever and wherever we find it
  • What are some scripture based statements that reveal the necessity to love and accept everyone?
scripture statements on the necessity of love
Scripture Statements on the Necessity of Love
  • Gn 1:26-27—God makes all in His image and likeness. We possess a soul…
  • Acts 17:26-29—We are creatures of god. We all have the same origin…
  • Lk 6:27; 15:1-2; Mt 5:43-48—God loves all unconditionally. We should love…
  • Jn 15:9-13—Jesus died for every human being. He loves everyone.
  • Mt 25:31-40—All are called… We should help one another…
  • Mt 6:7-15—God is Father. This makes us God’s children…
  • Jn 15:14-17—Love everyone if we want Jesus to be our friend…
  • Mt 7:12—Love everyone if we want to be called a disciple of Chris
nine ways to fight prejudice
Nine Ways to Fight Prejudice
  • Pray for your own conversion
  • Learn to celebrate cultural differences
  • Look for inequalities in your school, work place, neighborhood
  • Avoid racial stereotypes, jokes, slurs
  • Refuse to take part in any verbal attacks on homosexual persons
  • Treat those with disabilities as unique individuals
  • Visit a nursing home with some friends
  • Avoid sexist comments
  • Include rather than exclude
why does prejudice remain so common
Why Does Prejudice Remain so Common?
  • People are too lazy to think
  • Scapegoats are an easy way to deal with negative emotions
  • Prejudice makes people feel superior
  • Prejudice thrives because it pays—financially and psychologically
1. Financially: Prejudice keeps “in” group members in power
  • Psychologically: It makes people “feel better” than others
how do we become prejudice
How Do We Become Prejudice?
  • Prejudice is something we learn; it is not something we are born with
  • Home is the central school for learning prejudice
  • Sexism is a key in forming early prejudices
who are the prejudiced
Who Are the Prejudiced?
  • People who have a hard time dealing with ambiguity
  • People with low self esteem
  • People who are authority-oriented
First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew
  • Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out—because I was not a Communist
  • Then they came for the trade unions and I did not speak out—because I was not a trade unionist
  • Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak out for me