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  8 months ago

Weekend Opinions Contest -Fighting Prejudice

Hello Influencers! 

This weekend we'd like to talk a bit out a more serious topic, something that has certainly affected each and every one of you at some point in your life. 

Prejudice can have a strong influence on how people behave and interact with others, particularly with those who are different from them. Prejudice is a baseless and usually negative attitude toward members of a group. Common features of prejudice include negative feelings, stereotyped beliefs, and a tendency to discriminate against members of the group. While specific definitions of prejudice given by social scientists often differ, most agree that it involves prejudgments that are usually negative about members of a group.

Tell us in this weekend opinions contest about how you felt prejudice influenced your life and how you are nowadays fighting the phenomenon of prejudice. 

Participating is super easy, additionally it gives you a guaranteed 500 points if your comment complies with the rules, is not gibberish, or falls outside of our terms of use.

If your comment is part of out top 3 best comments (in our team’s views) you will get an additional 5000 points!

Post your opinion to this topic in the comment section below!

*Promotion Rules: Open to US and Canada only. Limit one opinion created per person. Members must post an opinion on the designated Toluna Topic for their country, and can win 500 points. Opinions must be posted by 11:59pm EST on Monday, July 30th  to be counted.  Bonus points will be awarded to winners by 5PM EST, on Tuesday July 31st, 2018, and will be uploaded to users’ accounts via external crediting. Opinions must not contain any language or image that is obscene, insulting, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, libelous, untrue, misleading or invasive of someone else’s privacy. Toluna reserves the right to review all posts for content, and withhold bonus points from any user violating the rules mentioned above. Violation of these rules, and/or the Toluna Member Code of Conduct may result in the closure of your Toluna account.


  8 months ago
Growing up Jewish, I've felt prejudice firsthand. I've felt the effects of anti-semitism, or having my school and synagogue vandalized simply because of my religion. It made me feel vulnerable, ashamed. That is why to this day, I am so open and accepting of other religions, cultures, just people's differences in general! Our differences are what make us unique and amazing and our differences should be celebrated, not meant to drive us further apart from one another! Our time on this earth is so short, and we are but tiny specks of dust in this massive universe, we need to treat each other with respect and understanding and realize that we are WAY more alike than we are different, really! Let's just love each other and be open to each other and make the most of this crazy but beautiful thing called life :)


  8 months ago
Ever since I was a small child I had always been overweight and this caused a problem for me from my childhood years straight up to my thirties. I was not very popular in school not because I was not a good or fun person to be with but because of the fact that others perceptions of me were negatively affected by the fact that I was overweight. It got to the point in my early twenties that I forced myself to lose some weight which lasted for a few months but soon reappeared after that. In my twenties I graduated from university and was out looking for a job but was not able to land a full time job in my field until about 5 years after I had graduated. Sure I had some temporary and part time positions but I was always being not selected as the full time candidate for a position when one arose. I perservered and finally in my later twenties was able to get into a full time position. When I reached by later thirties I seriously tried losing weight and exercising regualarly to get myself to a normal weight. I was successful after doing this for a couple of years and still I am trying to maintain it. I still feel that I was unfairly treated because of my appearance. I know how difficult it is to keep off weight especially when a person is predisposed to gain it so readily. I therefore reserve my judgement of anyone with a weight problem. I do not make any preconceived ideas about this type of person. I still have people in my own family who are fighting to lose some weight and I encourage them to continue to do so.


  8 months ago
The prejudice I encountered so far was a result of race and age discrimination. For example, I had all the qualifications to get the job for a position to be filled but at the end of our group interview, a lesser qualified candidate was selected based on race. In other instances, employment recruitment agencies after I have submitted my resume would state that their clients (ie. recruiting companies) required applicants of certain race and age groups. These occasions are what keeps me frustrated and annoyed and clearly show stereotyping in society. Prejudice and discrimination are stressful, exasperating, frustrating and can be demotivating particularly when you are hard pressed for a job, under a great deal of strain and worry because finances are running low. Especially in the area of mental and societal judgement, it makes me feel how society can be so judgmental these days and why harrassment and hate towards each other cannot be elminated altogether and sometimes dividing communities. I feel such prejudices have also influenced my life in the area of excluding me from opportunities to learn and grow. It prevented me from a chance to learn about a community from that community’s perspective. To cope with prejudice, I surround myself with a variety of people and make friends with different nationalities as diversity contributes to my ability to cope with prejudices. I avoid justifying stereotyping when interacting with others where need be. Now that I am assisting a company in the Human Resources team, to fight the phenomenon of prejudice, I concentrate working on strategies to improve both institutional and individual sources of prejudice and discrimination, particularly in which the participants in the program or activity learn, work, and live.


  8 months ago
I grew up in a time of discrimination. The whites had their own water fountains. I had a friend refused to have a haircut at a salon because he was not white. There is still some prejudice today but not like it was 50 years ago . I taught my children to treat everyone like you wish to be treated .Nationality should be celebrated and all cultures appreciated.


  8 months ago
I see everyone equal I was taught to love and appreciate differences I work with individuals with disabilities
I see the public sometimes give looks when I take out a client . I wish everyone could just see beyond the disability . To be more loving and caring


  8 months ago
I was brought up by parents who taught us that we are all the same. It doesn't matter what skin color or accent a person has ,we are no different ! We were told that there is good and bad in all and to always look for the good in people.I think that many who are prejudice have learned to be so by their elders and to me it's a shame to bring up children to have an idea that some people are are not acceptable. I was brought up to believe in the "Golden Rule,of Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." I think that this should be taught in all schools and churches !!!! Then just maybe there would be less prejudice and more tolerance in this world !!


  8 months ago
I think prejudice is a big problem right now especially in N. America. I know that not everyone will agree on this topic, but I think if everyone was understanding, the world would be much lesshateful


  8 months ago
growing up I guess I led a pretty sheltered life, and saw very little prejudice. is that good or bad, who knows. I had very little contact with other ethnic cultures. i'm not saying that i'm oblivious to the subject. I think the openness in my household and the golden rule of "do unto others as you would have them do unto you", led us to be more open and tolerant.


  8 months ago
We all have faced prejudice at some point in our lives, and equally we all have been guilty of being prejudice, that is having baseless judgments, we just are more comfortable calling it gut reaction. It is a by-product of our fight-or-flight response, to make snap judgments in order to execute quick decisions. The key is to accept that but not let such groundless thoughts be the basis of any of our actions.


  8 months ago
I do not see myself as having any prejudgments against others. I try to see each for who they are individually as a person, not from the color of their skin, religion, sexual orientation etc. I talked with one of my children recently when he stated that someone he knew just "decided" to be gay and that they weren't "that way" before. After a lengthy discussion about decisions, choices we make and compassion, I think I have enlightend him to the fact that maybe that person only now understood their own feelings or did not have the confidence to be who they really are or felt shame or confusion. Discussions really do begin at home and ignorance breeds fear and predjudice. It's up to us as parents to teach our children love, understanding, compassion and acceptance of all.
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