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What is the difference between discrimination and prejudice?


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March 03, 2011 5:39PM

Prejudice is a preformed opinion, usually an unfavourable one, based on insufficient knowledge, irrational feelings, or inaccurate stereotypes.

Discrimination is the unfair treatment of one person or group, usually because of prejudice about race, ethnicity, age, religion, or gender.


Sally doesn't let Mark sit next to her in English class (discrimination) because she has heard that he is a nerd, and Sally doesn't like nerds (prejudice).