According to dictionary.com, prejudice is an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason. Prejudice is a dangerous area that can cause many negative effects. One thing that causes prejudice is the desire to be superior to another person. When a white American decides their race is superior to a Hispanic American then they are being prejudice. They have not gotten to know the Hispanic and assumed they were better beforehand. They didn't even take the time to find out if the Hispanic was maybe some sort of genius or athletic superstar. The white American just saw the color of the skin and assumed the Hispanic was worthless.
Prejudice has a history of negativity. Who among us can forget one of the major acts of prejudice as well as one of the most horrible; the holocaust. The Holocaust was a major act of prejudice against Jewish people. The Holocaust also demonstrates one of the effects of prejudice, suffering. When their is prejudice the people who are being judged beforehand are the ones who suffer. They do not get fair or equal treatment and their lives are made much more harder. They are given no voice and seen as animals.
Prejudice is also caused by the result of parenting. Sometimes parents hand down their prejudice towards certain people to their children. Their children then become prejudice and the cycle continues. Another effect of prejudice is hatred. People who are being prejudiced upon develop a deep seeded hatred towards those inflicting the prejudice. Prejudice is just bad news and we are better of without it.