The Grapes of Wrath

What does Steinbeck suggest about the nature of the prejudice in the following line uttered by the young boy working at the service station: "Okies got no sense and no feeling. The ain't human. A human being wouldn't live like they do"?

Chapter 18

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People are insulated from other people's misery. Prejudice is much easier to feel than other people's pain. Human nature seems to dictate that strength and control a amiable traits and the less fortunate are somehow damaged or not worthy of life.