America, The Land Of The Free And Home Of The Racists

Racism in America will never end. Stereotypes in America will never stop. It’s sad because America is what is known as a “melting pot” so it makes sense to judge others based on skin color. We have every type of person in all shapes, sizes, and colors. That is what is supposed to make America so desirable. With various hate groups and people expressing blatant racism on a daily basis I don’t see how America will ever move away from the racism. Does media play a role to make racism easier? I don’t think or at least have not been convinced that media promotes racism. Those who comment racist remarks on twitter and instagram are just racist themselves. I don’t believe that social media plays a role in promoting or preventing it. Sure, it is easier for someone behind a computer or their phone say hurtful things to someone they don’t know or care about rather than they probably wouldn’t say it in person. I think those on the negative end of the racism and stereotypes have to just ignore the ignorant and stay focused on the important things in life.

In this Cheerio commercial, there was controversy started due to the characters being an interracial couple. Is that really an issue? Do people not have better things to worry about? They are portraying a happy family in the commercial, what’s the difference if they are the same race or not. Eventually, in theory, won’t we all be some sort of mix of races just due to reproduction variation over time?

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This picture may be a little difficult to see and I apologize. I took this pic with my phone during the lecture of my Human Nature and Diversity Class. I found this to be very interesting. The professor posted up this slide and took a pole as we answered these questions. Your assumption is correct as majority voted how you would think they would. This includes all races in the class and we tried to get to the bottom of it. We brought up reasoning and tried debating it, but there didn’t seem to be a clear conclusion as to why. I guess the only thing to look at is statistics? Statistics would say the white man will make more money. Statistics will say a black man will spend more time in prison. Statistics show that a white man is likely to have the higher IQ. Is this where we get our stereotypes from? Is this what we base our prejudices off of? What about all of the unsuccessful white men and highly successful black men? Why doesn’t that break the stereotype?

I like how Saul Mclaud breaks down stereotyping in his article. The article discusses the pros and cons of it. I agree that stereotypes are often for people to use to belittle others. Often times racial stereotypes always seem to favor the race of the beholder. Why do we feel the need to put others down? But then on the other hand he discusses how they are used and why. They are used by people to quickly respond to situations in which they have had similar experience before. It is a way for us to quickly evaluate and reduce the amount of processing needed when meeting a new person. However, this is a negative because it causes us to ignore the differences between different individuals. We are too quick to use the stereotype so we may think a certain way about someone and that may not even be the case or true about the person.

There are solutions to solve racism and learn from differences. Racism is a learned behavior. People are not born racists, they learn this from the authorities in their lives, namely parents and other adults. Teaching children early that racism is wrong is the best solution.

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2 comments

  1. This is a really good post and you make a lot of good points. I really like the media you added to this post. It’s true that racism is learned, not a trait we are born with. It’s sad that there are so many stereotypes, and rather than trying to reduce these stereotypes, people continue to make racist jokes and comments because they think they are funny or okay.

  2. I absolutely agree with your article on point of racism being a learned behavior. Being an Asian American myself, I have been exposed to many stereotypical moments because of my race. (http://www.diversityinc.com/things-not-to-say/7-things-not-to-say-to-asian-americans/)

    We weren’t born with it, we had to learn it from somewhere. However, I do not agree with your point on media not having an influence. Sure, we can learn racism through parents, but the media is very persuasive in their efforts when it comes to stereotypes. The media, through commercials or TV shows display a comedic approach, but that automatically downplays the seriousness of the issue of racism. The media makes it look okay to bash on cultures and poke fun.

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