If you haven't, then you are probably not a woman, an ethnic minority, a religious minority, a sexual minority, fat, short, ugly, or a nerd - to name a few. Even with that you may have been bullied when you were young.
So most of the folks in our culture have experienced it. I am not complaining - most folks have had it far worse than myself. In any case it is an abhorrent human "endeavor" - and I use that term because it is a choice for folks to engage in it, or not. Even if you were raised by parents who encouraged (or did not discourage) prejudicial behavior - you are an adult and have a choice.
Unfortunately, I have seen prejudice seep into the genealogy arena recently. Now certainly it is not as damaging a problem as that of racism or sexism, but it is still there and seems to be growing a bit.
Genealogy prejudice appears in three forms as I see it, and they are detailed below. I am not going to name names, but those who engage in it, even slightly, know who you are. Even the slightest of self reflection can show this to you.
Professional/experienced vs. Hobbyist/Inexperienced Researchers
This type of prejudice was highlighted about 18 months ago, and still is written about often. This is where the more experienced folks criticize publicly the lack of skills of the newer researchers. This most often appears in the discussion of the sorry state of uploaded and copied family trees in the growing number of online Family Tree sites. Especially those without any or insufficient cited sources. Guess what folks - the online services want as many folks uploading trees as possible so they can eventually charge a subscription fee, or have other motivations. I suspect the quality doesn't matter much to them.
So if you wish to participate you have a choice - you can bitch and moan all the time or you can do what I do - IGNORE the garbage and just use those lousy trees with no sources as potential hints that you can use to perform your own "thorough" research. Your choice. I wrote about this a bit in What are Clues Trees?
Furthermore, weren't all of us rookies once? Let's encourage education - or even offer to mentor someone.
Old vs Young Researchers
This one has been discussed a lot recently. And the backlash has resulted in some activities that focus on fostering the addition of more younger researchers to the genealogy community. Certainly this is a worthwhile endeavor - but why aren't we focusing on bringing in folks of any and all ages?
This prejudice is generally of the old vs young variety. Apparently genealogy is viewed as an old person's activity, because of time available, sense of mortality, etc. Just go to a genealogy society meeting and you can see in person this phenomena.
There even has recently been criticism of younger folks because they don't know cursive writing, or can't focus because of a video game or social media approach to life, or have too many competing priorities - hence SERIOUS research skills are not inherent in these young whippersnappers.
To me this is all NONSENSE, and the folks who engage in this old vs young prejudice should be ashamed of themselves - even the backlash activity bothers me a bit, mainly because it appears to be a response to prejudice with a subtle exclusivity.
Genealogists vs Family Historians?
Forgive me - but this prejudice is the DUMBEST of all. Apparently, as some write - if you do SERIOUS research then you are more than likely a "genealogist." But if you prefer telling and sharing your ancestor's STORIES, then you are a "family historian." So as has been written, genealogists are more superior; oh wait - no, since stories are the "in" thing right now then genealogists are diminished, etc. etc. etc.
What a bunch of garbage. Who cares what you or others call yourself? This is a stupid discussion. I actually did some analysis on these two terms and the results are here in Term Wars - Genealogy vs Family History - A Huge Surprise and both terms have about the same usage and the data shows that yet a third term is surpassing both of those in Google searches.
So, my friends - there you have it - three areas of genealogy prejudice. Many engage in it, to the detriment of all of us. It makes for juicy blog posts where many can argue the pros and cons - but I ask you - does any of this help you find the birthdate of your great great grandma?