RACIAL PREJUDICE AND COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT Throughout the past century, American society has made massive steps in endorsing equality and diminishing prejudice among different racial and ethnic minority groups. However, the Americans experience with prejudice is quite different from those of ethnic communities (Salvatore & Shelton 2007). Therefore, according to this paper, there are two main independent variables identified that shapes an individuals’ managing ability, which then determines his cognitive disruption following an encounter illustrated by prejudice. Moreover, it suggests that there is group level variation with members of the privileged and disadvantaged groups in their experiences with prejudice. Whites do not think of themselves as possible targets of prejudice. T