Firstly I wanted to define both prejudice and discrimination. Definitions provided by http://www.thefreedictionary.com
a. An adverse judgment or opinion formed beforehand or without knowledge or examination of the facts.
b. A preconceived preference or idea.
2. The act or state of holding unreasonable preconceived judgments or convictions. See Synonyms at predilection.
3. Irrational suspicion or hatred of a particular group, race, or religion.
4. Detriment or injury caused to a person by the preconceived, unfavorable conviction of another or others.
1. The act of discriminating.
2. The ability or power to see or make fine distinctions; discernment.
3. Treatment or consideration based on class or category rather than individual merit; partiality or prejudice: racial discrimination; discrimination against foreigners.
The movie ‘Amazing Grace’ portrays the history of William Wilberforce in 18th century England. “Wilberforce was a deeply religious English member of parliament and social reformer who was very influential in the abolition of the slave trade and eventually slavery itself in the British empire” (bbc.co.uk, n.d, p. 1). The movie follows the efforts of William Wilberforce and his small group in their efforts to abolish the slave trade. The slave trade involved “British ships carrying black slaves from Africa, in terrible conditions, to the West Indies as goods to be bought and sold” (bbc.co.uk, n.d, p.1).
I do not want to go into exact details as I do not want to ruin the movie for anyone. However, I feel this movie can be linked to prejudice and discrimination as according to the fourth definition of prejudice “Detriment or injury caused to a person by the preconceived, unfavorable conviction of another or others,” this movie showed the efforts of William Wilberforce and his group to fight the prejudice displayed against the African slaves. Furthermore, the third definition of discrimination “Treatment or consideration based on class or category rather than individual merit; partiality or prejudice: racial discrimination; discrimination against foreigners,” is also evident within the efforts of the group as they strived to abolish slave trade. William Wilberforce presented his bill to parliament for 18 years and eventually reached success. I feel this film was a useful example of the prejudice and discrimination which was embedded into society during the 18th century. Although within today’s society prejudice and discrimination is still evident in parts, the efforts of William Wilberforce and his group was a big accomplishment. Furthermore, William Wilberforce is eternally remembered, with a suburb within New South Wales, near Sydney named ‘Wilberforce’ in remembrance.
I would really appreciate any other comments or views on this topic/movie in relation to prejudice and discrimination. I would like to cover more on this topic but at this stage I will withhold until the movie has been running a little bit longer.
I have added a link to the trailer to the movie to encourage everyone to see it. It is a great bit of history and an enjoyable film.