By: Hanning J.
Racism and prejudice have always existed in human history. Many people have tried to explain and find the reason behind such abysmal behavior. When people hear the word, “prejudice” they think it only refers to prejudice regarding skin color. However, prejudice runs much deeper than a person’s race; it can be found among gender, religion, beliefs and customs, and geographical background. There are many examples of prejudice like slavery, the Holocaust, and Women’s Rights.
One of the most serious cases of discrimination in history affected women and women’s rights. Women were not always treated equally as men. Back in time, women were regarded only as a “tool” or servant. They weren’t allowed to have any rights or opinions. They had nothing else to do besides caring for children, cooking, and cleaning. Fortunately, women were finally given equal rights in the 20th century, however, there are still some countries where this has not happened yet.
Another example of prejudice in history is slavery. Slavery was an accepted practice worldwide in the 1700s, when the slave trade developed in Africa. Slaves from Africa would be traded to help work on farms and plantations. They were discriminated against because of their skin color. Even after they were liberated, the black community continued to struggle for equality. We are all human, and everyone in this world counts no matter what.
Another tragic event in history is a time period called “The Holocaust.” Adolf Hitler had taken over Germany and made the lives of many Jewish people hard. Hitler ordered that all Jews living in Germany and its surrounding countries, go to concentration camps and be separated from their families. This was very unfair because Hitler had no right to tell them what to do, but if they refused to live under his rule, they either went to jail or got killed. Hitler also set many rules for the Jews. They were forced to wear a yellow star on their clothes so that they could be identified easily. Hitler was judging them because of their religion and this was very unfair.
To summarize, there are many tragic cases of racism, prejudice, and discrimination in history. Sadly, some of this still happens today, and many people don’t do anything to stop it. We should always remember that everyone counts, and we must put these prejudices aside and look deeper into a person, deeper than their race, ethnicity, color, or beliefs. What matters is what kind of person they are.