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In an earlier post, we looked at the Atlas of Prejudice, which portrays the countries of the world according to the broad stereotypes people have about them.  One of the most hilarious examples is how the relatively tiny, compact continent of Europe can be split up in so many ways according to its cultural, culinary, and religious differences.  The Atlas of Prejudice tumblr contains many more examples from the book, such as how Americans view other countries, using the most ignorant stereotypes as a way of calling attention to that ignorance for gentle mocking.

Another tumblr, Judgmental Maps, goes one step deeper and features maps of individual cities.  It turns out that even our cities are full of divisions, and positive and negative prejudices abound for the various neighborhoods within them.  Once again, try to take these with a grain of salt, as no offense is intended.

Here’s one of New York City:

Judgmental Map of New York City (by RBD Enterprises, via http://judgmentalmaps.com/post/82796288692/nyc)

London:

Judgmental Map of London (by Tim @fingertrouble, via http://judgmentalmaps.com/post/87298548495/london2)

Philadelphia:

Judgmental Map of Philadelphia (vy @rscottfallon, via http://judgmentalmaps.com/post/91965518360/philadelphia)

San Francisco:

Judgmental Map of San Francisco (by Dan Steiner @hararuk, via http://judgmentalmaps.com/post/83644463249/sanfrancisco)

Viewed on its surface, these maps can bring out the worst in us, solidifying the fears many of us have for unfamiliar places.  But these fears are often borne of ignorance, and perhaps, like the Atlas of Prejudice, facing these fears head on will lead us to greater understanding of the world around us.

Happy mapping!

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