Prejudice may be defined as an act to show incorrect or a negative attitude or opinions done by a person belonging to a race or a group for a member of any other group or race. Thus, what assumptions are made about someone without having any adequate knowledge on the same? It is something which can lead to an impact on the emotional well-being of a person and the sense of being one-own self. Discrimination, on the other hand, may be defined as the actions or the behaviors which are done by a person against the individuals because of the prejudiced beliefs. It can be defined as the actual behavior reflected by the people because of prejudice.There have been a number of studies where it has been found that social construction of race and gender has led to discrimination. Because of the social construct, men are considered superior to women. The males are given higher priority in the society and the women are discriminated. Because of the social construct, there has been a mentality that a gender is superior to another. Also it is assumed that the task which can be done by a person of a specific gender can’t be done by another person. Social constructs curb the rights of the women and it is something because of which they have to face discrimination (Fiske and S.T, 2000).
It is due to social construct that a person begins to discriminate on the basis of gender. When the society asks a person to bias another person of a different gender, the other people follows the same. Similarly, racial discrimination is something which is not in a person’s blood. When he or she observes other people around him/her discriminating people on the basis of race, they follow the same. Therefore, because of the inheritance of the social construct related to has led to discrimination and prejudice. It is the social construct which instigates a person being superior on the basis of a gender or race.Racism may be defined as the belief according to which a race is superior in comparison to others. It can be defined as having such a belief because of which the members of each race possess certain qualities, characteristics or abilities which are specific to that race. An example of racism is the plight of African Americans in USA.