The United States is a melting pot of cultures. Encountering individuals of a different culture is a daily experience in some areas. Although these encounters should be used to embrace and encourage diversity, this is not always the case. There are individuals who use these encounters to fuel a flame of unjustified hatred and rage based on nothing more than preconceived prejudices, stereotypes, and discrimination; social biases that have long plagued society (Hall, 2010; Sritharan & Gawronski, 2010).
This article examines several social biases, including the concepts of prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination that plague society today. The impact of these biases, both subtle and blatant displays, on an individual’s life, is discussed. Additionally, strategies that have been shown useful in helping individuals to overcome the effects of social biases are also evaluated.