First part I disagree with is where one of the researchers mentioned that “we might not have been taught to be prejudice”, which in my opinion, I think stereotyping and prejudice is a learned behavior. We are not born with racial prejudices, however depending on the environment you were exposed to and the people you were raised around, you tend to think a certain way. For example, if you are born in a family who are racist towards a certain culture, you are most likely to grow up with the same ideas. Another part I disagree with from the article is how the researchers tend to suggest that the men who killed Michael Brown, Darren Wilson, Trayvon Martin, and many more innocent people, were not conscious and may have not been racist at all during the incident. I think this was just a lack of training and stereotyping against these innocent men who were put into a category they did not belong in.
He eventually finds his own morals and tells himself what is right and what is wrong. Part of this realization came from him helping Jim, which troubled his mind because of what society said about helping him. But he then based his decision to help on his own experiences and logic. That is kind of what Fahrenheit 451 puts forth. But instead of trying to gain knowledge it is being destroyed, all because society is trying to promote ignorance which causes sameness in all.
This relates back to the experiment, because the participants obeyed even though they knew it was not right to shock the learners, and King probably would have encouraged the participants to stop. Moreover, King strongly disagrees that the government should have the authority to guide people when there are many wrongdoings in the governmental system. His ideal social relations are far from dependent on obedience because he believes everyone to be equal. Also, he knows that total obedience often lead to tragedies like the segregation and racism that African-American are suffering from. Milgram’s conclusion really advocates King’s belief, because the surprising conclusion of obedience to authority is what King does not believe to be the way of social relations.
Rauch also states that though prejudice may be misguided belief, there is no need to choose sides and that is the beauty of intellectual pluralism. Rauch’s essay states that knowledge is what leads to pluralism and more knowledge is not necessarily a good thing. By saying, “We cannot know in advance or for sure which belief is prejudice and which is truth, but to advanced knowledge we don’t need to know”, (393), he supports his idea. But in order to gain intellect on anything, you have to have knowledge. At the end of the day, we survive on basic knowledge.
What stands out in that definition are the phrase “without knowledge, thought, or reason” this statement should say it all to the reader. People do not think things through and this is very evident in Rauch’s writing. He targets well-meaning, socially active citizens who are (he feels), making self-defeating errors that are undermining their good intentions and creating further injustice. He uses his vantage point as a Jewish homosexual to add credence and credibility to his views. His target audience may give consideration to his arguments precisely because he is a member of groups they would wish to protect.
We should explore our society and what we mean by race because if we do not know what we mean by race we cannot tackle institutional racism. We should fight racism that takes away individuality by seeing individuals who are directly affected by the construct. Let us begin to embrace a different idea of race by accepting multiracial identity, by challenging stereotypes, by seeing the beauty in all shades. Race is a social construct and since we have constructed, it we have to learn how to live with it but without
He felt that it was right for him to take that young man’s life. He felt that that young man’s life was inferior to his and that he did not deserve to live because he did not respect him. I think that most people do not understand how much race plays a role in our everyday lives. People want to think that they aren’t racist but you probably say racist things and do not even notice it or you may think that what you are saying is acceptable. Thomas Jefferson has inspired Americans and the homage paid to him by modern political candidates across the ideological spectrum alone is a testament to the enduring power of his ideas and his continuing hold on their imaginations.
Why or why not? Racism is institutionalized. Education is needed to tolerate stereotypes and its everyday pain. As the people of America wonder, when will segregation, prejudice, and stereotypes finally come to an end? Regardless of the accomplishments some of the great leaders this country has ever seen, through the black power movement by Malcolm X, the fight to end segregation by Dr .Martin Luther king and etc.
La’Toyrious Granville Mrs. Sharon Cargill English 12 20 February 2013 Racial Profiling Racial Profiling is mentally segregating and it disunites the U.S.A because it permits negative aspects to every race. In the U.S. it is acceptable to embrace foundations and establishments like BET, Black Entertainment Television, and/or The Chinese District, For example, but what if these titles were revised to WET, White Entertainment Television or The Iraqi District? Would these organizations be appropriate or racially disgraceful? From any standpoint it is mental segregation. Programs like the previously listed instills the negative trait of racial profiling into child before he or she has any idea of what racial profiling is, it programs them to judge and make race a chief factor when it should not be (Psycho 1).
Stereotypes are not fact, they are just biased opinions people base on each other. The only way to really know how a person is to get to know them yourself and then form an opinion or thought about who they are. Relationships are powerful especially in the work place, that is why it is important to not let stereotypes affect your relationship with others. Our one-to-one connections with each other are the foundation for change. And building relationships with people from different cultures is key in building diverse communities that are powerful enough to achieve significant goals.