Can prejudice ever be eliminated?

YES: Prejudice can be eliminated with the judicious identification and targeting of its root causes, given humanity’s present levels of societal progress.

  1. More educational systems and institutions today nurture tolerance and open-mindedness to racial diversity, providing hope for the elimination of racial prejudice. 

  2.   Greater distribution of wealth and economic opportunities within some countries today help create more equitable societies, thereby helping to greatly reduce or hopefully eliminate the prejudice and conflict occurring between different economic classes.

  3. Increasing interaction through social media networks between different individuals and communities globally generate goodwill between people, providing hope that traditional notions of prejudice will be replaced by modern practices emphasizing a sense of commonality and universal fraternity.

  4. The rapid and large-scale movement of people and communities across borders nurtures a global elite sharing common aspirations, worldviews and work-languages such as English, Mandarin and Spanish, leading potentially to the creation of a truly global society rather than one riven by nationalism.

NO: Prejudice can never be eliminated as its root causes are perpetual and recurrent to the human condition despite our present levels of societal progress.

  1. In many countries, educational systems and institutions continue to be dictated to or run by governments emphasizing discriminatory racial policies, thereby aggravating rather solving racial prejudice. 

  2. Many societies today are increasingly plugged into the global economy and face heightened levels of economic competition followed by economic stratification, which intensifies rather than eliminate the prejudice and conflict occurring between different economic classes.

  3. Increasing interaction through social media networks between different individuals and communities have generated various sub-cultures dedicated to the perpetuation of prejudicedmindsets and practices, making the elimination of traditional notions of prejudice and irrational fear of others a difficult task.

  4. The rapid and large-scale movement of people and communities across borders generates new tension points such as resentment and hostility to migrant workers and ultra-nationalism, thereby undermining most attempts to create an open and global society free from prejudice.