Why do people judge?

Post a ‘what’s your guilty pleasure’ ice breaker came a Salon Session that stuck. An exchange between two guests challenged our views on human bias, judgement and race. One specific exchange went like this: 

One described a time when he was abroad, he went up to return the wallet to a passerby who had dropped it and was confused why the passerby's reaction was first one of menace before turning to one of thanks. Another Salon guest said he could easily understand this because he and the passerby had something in common; the colour of their skin being black. He explained that when your whole life you are judged, more often than not in a negative way for the way you look, its no wonder that you learn to react in the same way as others act towards you.


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