How to Overcome Prejudice

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What is prejudice?

• Xenophobia – fear or hatred of the stranger

• Anti-locution – speak against

• Physical abuse due to being different

• Exclusion

• Exile and banishment

• Genocide – murder on a large scale

What rights do you have?

• You have no rights

• You have no right to live among us

• You have no right to live!

Pastor Martin Niemoller

First They Came

Pastor Martin Niemoller

First, they came for the Communists And I did not speak out

Because I was not a Communist

Then they came for the Socialists And I did not speak out

Because I was not a Socialist

Then they came for the trade unionists And I did not speak out

Because I was not a trade unionist

Then they came for the Jews And I did not speak out

Because I was not a Jew

Then they came for me

And there was no one left

To speak out for me.

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Auschwitz-Birkenau:

History of a Human-made Hell

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Maslow’s hierarchy of needs

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow%27s_hierarchy_of_needs

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs represented as a pyramid with the more basic needs at the bottom[1]

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is a theory in psychology proposed by Abraham Maslow in his 1943 paper “A Theory of Human Motivation” in Psychological Review.[2]Maslow subsequently extended the idea to include his observations of humans’ innate curiosity. His theories parallel many other theories of human developmental psychology, some of which focus on describing the stages of growth in humans. Maslow used the terms “physiological”, “safety”, “belonging and love”, “esteem”, “self-actualization”, and “self-transcendence” to describe the pattern that human motivations generally move through. The goal of Maslow’s Theory is to attain the sixth level or stage: self-transcendent needs.[3]

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Hath not a Jew eyes?

Shylock:

I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands,

organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions; fed with the same

food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases,

heal’d by the same means, warm’d and cool’d by the same winter

and summer, as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? If

you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die?

And if you wrong us, do we not revenge? If we are like you in the

rest, we will resemble you in that.

The Merchant Of Venice Act 3, scene 1, 58–68

After a Christian has eloped with his daughter, and after the pair have made off with a portion of his ducats, Shylock confronts two other taunting Christians. When they’ve finished mocking him, they ask whether Shylock seriously intends to take a pound of Antonio’s flesh if the merchant defaults on his loan [see POUND OF FLESH]. Shylock affirms that he is indeed serious, especially given his recent indignities at the hands of Christians. “Hath not a Jew eyes?” he asks rhetorically; Jews suffer, bleed, and die just like Christians do, and are just as susceptible to the urge for revenge. The Christians of the play universally assume that they’re a nobler species than Jews, but Shylock insists that they’re no more pure than Jews and Jews no less human than Christians. There’s no little pathos in Shylock’s speeches, even though his main purpose in the play is to be villainous. Both Shylock and the Christians have lessons to learn, before this play is over, about humaneness and humility.

Themes: prejudice

Speakers: Shylock

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