The Psychology of Discrimination

Image via The Detroit Jewish News

Discrimination and hate are everywhere. Whether we like it or not, they exist in copious amounts. We see them on the news, and we see them in everyday life. Maybe you’ve been discriminated against because of your sex, the color of your skin, your sexual orientation, your ethnic background . . . the list goes on.

Discrimination is deeply rooted in history. We all have internal biases. These biases were somehow ingrained in us. It might have been a TV show we used to watch as children, something we learned from our parents, something we read about in a book. Regardless of where they came from, these internal biases are the cause of discrimination and hate. They inhibit us from trying to learn about and understand the population we have unconscious or conscious issues towards.

So what can we do?

As individuals, we can learn and educate ourselves. We can be understanding and open-minded. It is essential to understand where the bias comes from and do something about it. It’s impossible to avoid heinous messages in the media, but you can educate yourself and help stop the messages from spreading.