In a conversation with some friends, we agreed that people should not judge by skin color, which by now should gradually become a more common opinion to society.
But I said that sometimes, conscious or not, I make a pre-judgment based on the clothing one's using. So if a person - of any skin color - comes in my direction wearing dirty, stinky or ragged clothing I might become very uncomfortable, scared and/or protective (I live in Brazil and robberies are very common here).
I then asked my friends: Am I being very prejudiced by thinking like this?
My friends answered that this thinking has the same intensity and/or equal meaning to being racist (judging by skin color).
I want to know why this thinking is considered distasteful?
The first thing that comes to my head is that skin color is natural and does not influence behavior. But clothing feels more like a consequence of that person's life and behavior.