It is not as though there is a conscious conspiracy of some mean-spirited people to make the lives of other people miserable. Rather, it is the subtle assumption among members of the dominant group of entitlement: entitlement to ownership of property; entitlement to be served by others; entitlement to enjoy the prerogatives of wealth and power; entitlement to the deference of other people. Along with this attitude of entitlement, one can sometimes find explicit, derogatory stereotypes of the dominated group:

‘What would you expect of a peasant?’