During the last week we had an opportunity (unfortunately, we had it) to see with our own eyes a bright example of racial prejudice. During the anti-terrorism activities in London policemen paid special attention to persons of Arabic origin. From one side, it was quite prudent to look for Arabic and Muslim terrorists among Arabic Muslim people; however, the latter in this situation are being put under suspicion. For every one of them is a suspect, but only a few might (and absolutely not necessarily is) turn out to be the ones to blame for pointless massacres organized in the capital of Great Britain.
Another bright example of racial prejudice is connected with stereotypes (as it often happens). One of the common stereotypes about Asians is that they all are extremely polite and, consequently, insincere in most of what they say. In addition to that, many people take it as a natural phenomenon that Asians are saturated with collectivism and have not a slightest idea of what democracy really means. Such prejudice leads to suspicions and unwillingness to make friends or even have business with persons of Asian origin.
Prejudice towards persons of mixed origin can serve as one more example to illustrate our discussion. People, whose parents belong to different races, such as Asian and African or others, are sometimes treated as inferiors because of that fact. They are thought to be some kind of spiritual “bastards” who belong neither to their mother’s nor to their father’s culture.