Crash: Analyzing Prejudice, Stereotyping and Discrimination Darc Mac EG351 Social Psychology 04/30/2011 CRASH: PREJUDICE AND GROUP ANTAGONISM Abstract Crash (Haggis, 2004) puts forth the message that we are all prejudiced in some way no matter how broadminded we like to think we are; that anyone of any ethnic group can be racist by some degree or other. The movie examines the complexities of the racial and social interactions of a group of Los Angeles citizens across diverse ethnic and socio-economic lines spanning a thirty-six hour period of time. The reoccurring theme is that these people figuratively (and sometimes literally) crash into one another in order to connect with other human beings. Crash: Analyzing Prejudice, Stereotyping and Discrimination First, let me correct a definition: the term "race" has been misused in order to divide diverse peoples. In my view, and according to my university education, if you are able to read these words, you have higher cognitive function than any other animal and likely possess two opposable thumbs and are capable of making and using complex tools.
There are many extreme problems with racial profiling, but one that automatically comes to mind that seems most prominent is the fact that it targets and violates the rights of a multitude of innocent citizens and leaves minorities vulnerable to abuse by law enforcement agencies. In 2013, there were roughly three million Arabs who called the United States their home of the estimated 300 million Arabs that occupied the world at that time (Ramirez). It is also a likely observation that a wide array of Arabs not living in the United States will eventually visit the country at least once in their lifetime. Therefore, belonging to Arab or Muslim descent are cultures too widely shared to make up a distinct discriminated profile. As stated in Defining Racial Profiling in a Post-September 11 World, “Moreover, only an infinitesimal percentage of Arabs or Muslims can be expected to be
Others were due to growing intolerance for immigrants, who were or assumed to be from the Middle East. Many hate crimes were committed against Muslim and Asian people, and most by racist people trying to justify their acts claiming to be afraid. According to FBI reports at the time, hate crimes targeting people and institutions that identified with the Islamic faith increased from 28 in 2000 to 481 in 2001. Mosques were attacked as well as other religious buildings, including a Hindu temple in St Louis, Mo., which was hit twice with firebombs in 2003.
Calling it Quits Divorce plays a big role in modern day America, and unfortunately divorce rates have continued to increase over the past decade. Divorce is often perceived as a negative topic for obvious reasons such as causing damage to the family, traumatizing the children in the family and other psychological effects it has on people involved. However, both of the two articles I researched discuss divorce and its negative psychological effects; one of the articles differs in that it focuses on the ecological aspects of divorce instead. Jacob Duchaine wrote “An Argument Against Divorce” making claims against divorce and its negativity using biblical references and the stance that “No one takes anything seriously anymore, even marriage”(1).
There are many examples of Americans exacting horrific and violent terror against its own citizens. Jeffery Dahmer, Jim Jones, Timothy McVeigh and the list goes on and on. I think this says a lot about the mental state that we are in as Americans. It is a sad fact that the relations between the Arab world and the western world seem to be just a far apart now as they were 12 years ago when the towers
Cultural Diversity in Criminal Justice July Wright University of Phoenix Cultural Diversity in Criminal Justice CJA 423 Shomari Gilford March 25, 2011 Cultural Diversity in Criminal Justice Capital Punishment or the death penalty is one of the most controversial issues on American soil, exceeded by only those condemned to the wages of this unquestionable sin. Minorities such as Hispanics and African Americans, aggregate this continuous barrage of discrimination. Racial minorities are inexplicably prosecuted for violent crimes. It has become a debatable issue for a long period of time. Some people still believe that being born as a Hispanic or African American means becoming less of a person which is quite unfair for it is not the
Legalize It Every year in America billions of dollars are made illegally, thousands of people are imprisoned, and even more people lose their lives to drugs. On a broad level, illegal drugs ruin whole communities by perpetuating the disease of addiction and engulfing neighborhoods in the gang violence that inevitably comes with illegal drug trafficking. On a more personal level, illegal drugs ruin lives by making people turn their backs on loved ones and causing them to throw away their dreams. Most people agree that a problem that is this pervasive and expansive must be dealt with, but few can agree on a solution. There is only one practical solution.
However, the reality is that the result of some hate crimes does affect the victims in a monetary way. Of the 7,164 reported hate crimes 41.8 percent were against property (fbi.gov, 2013). Acts carried out were cross burnings, defacement of property, and destruction of property that have cost the victims a great deal of money to repair. There are cases when the damage or intimidation has caused the victims to relocate or purchase fire arms to protect themselves (Barnes & Ephross, 1994), which is another expense directly contributed to the crime. Not only does the person(s) under attack financially suffer, but the city and community loose too.
Drug Trafficking in the United States from Mexico Drug trafficking in the United States and Mexico is a huge problem for the United States because it has a negative impact on other areas in society such as crime rates. The government needs to find a solution to better control drug trafficking because it claims lives and destroys families. Research shows Marijuana and Cocaine are the top two most illegally abused drugs in the United States. James Gray (2001) points out: Not only is this drug-money corruption problem of enormous concern in its own right, but additional lawless behavior often is derived from it as well. For example, the entire southern California area was shocked in September 1999 when a former officer of the Rampart Division
Aftermaths of 9/11 ,2005 London Bombings and the emergence of Isis in Iraq, gives birth to a question that Being a Muslim is fortunate or unfortunate in the Western world. As Islam is unfortunately the most misinterpreted, distorted and wrongly portrayed religion in the world presently ,and the sufferers are the ordinary Muslims in their day to day lives. If we see the latest world view for example ,like the destruction of Twin towers in America,2005 London Bombings in England ,The conflict of Israel and Palestine and the ongoing beheadings which are being continuously done by the ISIS in Iraq, are affecting the Muslim diaspora in the western world and therefore it is an obnoxious fact ,that some Muslims who are kind of black sheep’s of the community ,are the cause of disturbing peace