Emotion plays a role in prejudice.
And we know that emotion and cognition
or how you think
plays a very important role
in shaping a prejudice.
Now, we know that if you’re upset, then that
might shape the way you execute your prejudice.
We also know that fear and frustration
are emotional drivers behind prejudice.
So when you’re scared or you’re frustrated,
it’s very easy for you to show prejudice
against another group or another individual.
So if you are afraid of perhaps a new culture
or group of individuals moving
into your neighborhood or your territory,
you might be a little bit apprehensive and afraid.
What is this going to do to my neighborhood?
And is this going to do to me?
And I have no power over this. Nobody
is allowing me to choose that been coming.
There’s coming and that you are frustrated.
So your reaction might be, “Well, I don’t know
about those people that come from that town.
That town called Bumpsville.
Those Bumpsville people, they are just really,
really lazy, and they steal and you’re thinking this.
And is that really founded on that actual evidence?
Do you really know for a fact that
the people from Bumpsville are actually
that lazy or that terrible, and you don’t?
But because you are afraid and you are frustrated,
you actually imply and roll out that prejudice.
This can elicit the natural reaction
of hostility as well from both sides.
Now, all of a sudden, I’m laying out
this prejudice against this group.
And it’s gotten mean to a high
in state of hostility in a razzle.
And in the moment, something even perceived happens,
so they actually do something maybe by mistake
or invertedly that aligns with my prejudice.
Now I can become extremely hostile.
Now if you flip it, the receiver of the prejudice
might by self-defense become quite hostile as well.
when he or she feels, or the group feels that
they’re not being welcome and then instead
there is this prejudice they might be hostile as well.
A scapegoat, which I think is why we have this
beautiful figure of weird looking goat.
It refers to the individual at whom
this place hostility is directed.
So, you might actually identified with
the certain individual or group
that’s going to be the brunt of your prejudice.
And, again it might be – most of the time
it is displaced. It’s not appropriate.
but you find, “Hey that person I think
he’s the one that’s responsible.
And all the prejudice, all the hostility and
everything is directed towards that one individual
even though it’s not really found it.