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There are many people in the world who make detestable insolent remarks about others or perform hateful actions over things they cannot control whether it be their skin color, their origin, their social class, or even their gender. These remarks are either made subtle, meaning in an indirect unconscious manner or blatant meaning openly and unashamed. When comments made by individuals harm or attempts to harm another person or group of people, it is referred to as prejudice and in some cases, it can be illegal.
Prejudice can be exemplified through several different methods such as verbally making allegations or negative comments about a specific person or group of people or even writing about it on your social media platforms. The type of prejudice that will be discussed throughout this essay is racism, which is the discrimination directed against those of a different race with the belief that one’s own race is greater.
Racism has been a notorious controversial issue for many years, and any hateful comment or action made about another person’s race or origin in attempt to harm them is referred to as racial prejudice.
The first article written by Saul McLeod discusses what racial prejudice is, our surrounding factors that may influence us to perform racial prejudice, and the different affects of social norms toward prejudice behavior. In the article McLeod explains that, “A prejudiced person may not act on their attitude. Therefore, someone can be prejudiced towards a certain group but not discriminate against them.
” (McLeod, 2008) McLeod states in his article that there are four main explanations of prejudice and discrimination which are authoritarian personality, realistic conflict theory, stereotyping, and social identity theory which all are different ways that people conduct prejudice and can be an explanation as to why they do. In the article a study was conducted by a psychiatrist named Minard in 1952 that shows how social norms can influence prejudice amongst people. The research shows that those placed in an environment where the social norm was friendly and kind, less prejudice was conducted, and in the environment where the social norm was prejudice behavior by whites to blacks the number of white minors who were friendly to black dropped significantly (McLeod, 2008). The research question that the author wanted to present is why prejudice exists and how does social norms affect racial prejudice in society.
A perfect example of racial prejudice is demonstrated in an article by The New York Times titled, “Trump’s Tweets Prove That He Is a Raging Racist” it talks about racial prejudice that the president of the United States publicly does on his social media outlets. In the article presented by The New York Times about president Donald Trump, opinion colonist Charles M. Blow discuss the racist tweets produced by Trump on his Twitter account toward the democrat congresswoman of the United States. Trumps statements on Twitter in summary says that the democratic congresswoman of the United States are trying to run and improvise one of the ‘greatest nations on Earth’ when they come from countries with poor backgrounds and a ‘catastrophic’ government to which they can go back to and correct it, instead of trying to improvise the United States which he thinks does not need their assistance in correcting (Blow, 2019). This is a blatant harmful comment made publicly that was created to harm or attempt to harm the congresswoman based on their origin and their race which is greatly exemplified in Trumps tweet when he exclaims, “Why don’t you go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done.” (Twitter, Donald Trump). The question that the author of this article attempted to answer is why does every other race have to recognize and honor the ‘white man’s superiority’ in country that they must live in?
Another common racial prejudice that is seen more and more often in the world today are the amount of police brutalities and deaths of citizens due to racism. In an article by The New York Times titled “After a Police Shooting, Ethiopian Israelis Seek a ‘Black Lives Matter’ Reckoning” journalist David M. Halbfinger and Isabel Kershner discuss the death of 18-Year-old Solomon Tekah and 25-year-old Izra Ayalo from a fatal shooting conducted by police officers. A man reported that seconds before the fatal shooting of Izra Ayalo, a police officer said, “Watch this,” and raised his fist in efforts to make Mr. Ayalo flinch thinking it was funny that he was afraid of the police officers. The article explains that police brutality and shootings are becoming very common in Israel and officers find minor reasons to bother the residents of Israel for something so simple as hanging at the park.
Several people interviewed throughout the article exclaimed that the police brutality and shootings are hate crimes against ‘black people’ which means the wrong-doings of the police officers in Israel demonstrate racial prejudice which can especially be seen in the article when the author states that the attacks were led by the director general of the Justice Ministry. The article explains that the attacks on the Israel people led by the director of the Justice Ministry were, “Discriminatory policies and practices against Ethiopian-Israelis in education, medical treatment, employment and army enlistment as well as by police,” noting that this was indeed a racial prejudice (Halbfinger & Kershner, 2019). The question that the author of this article wanted to present to its readers is will the event of 18-year old Solomon Tekah being fatally shot finally make people realize that it’s time to put up a stand and stop the hate crimes and racial assaults being conducted around the world.
Racial prejudice is most commonly blatant as described in two of the articles selected for the use of this paper because people who really hate a specific group of people will do anything to make it known. In the article about Donald Trump it explains that Donald Trump unashamedly went on his social media platform which can reach millions of people to discriminate against the four congresswomen of the United States. He did not hide the way he felt about the race of the four women, and he did not even attempt to say it in a polite manner. Donald Trump wanted the four congresswomen to be hurt by his actions so that he could attempt to make them go back to where they came from, and this was his mechanism of doing so. In the second article presented in this paper about the fatal shootings conducted by police officers in Israel demonstrated prejudice conducted in a blatant manner. Death is not a silent action and the police officers of Israel thought that people cowering down to them in fear was a comedic site to see. They didn’t hide the fact that they discriminate against black people, and they showed that by openly firing bullets at two citizens of Israel in front of their friends and family for no justified reason.
A potential way that racial prejudice done blatantly can impact an individual or relationship is that it can leave a person emotionally scarred. For instance, Donald Trumps blatant racial comment posted on social media for thousands of people to see can be very embarrassing and emotional for those of the same racial background and especially to those to whom his racial tweets were about. Not everyone disagrees with Donald Trumps tweets, some people agree with him and think that the congresswomen should return to their undeveloped countries. This would might make the women emotionally stricken because their homes and beloved family members from their origin were publicly shammed and discriminated against in front of the eyes of many.
A potential way that racial prejudice done subtly can impact an individual or relationship is causing a detriment to the race that is discriminated against. For instance, if there was a policy that would help minorities in anyway, those who secretly vote against the policy are conducting racial prejudice subtly. This can cause a detriment to the racial minority who might be getting help through the policy and if the policy is voted against through people racially discriminating against blacks to secretly hurt them subtly.
Racial prejudice is not something that can be corrected overnight, it takes time and various efforts to try and prevent racial prejudice from occurring as frequently as it occurs in today’s age and time. Three helpful methods that can help prevent racial prejudice are better word sensors on post for social media platforms so that things like racial comments can be prevented, enforcing rules and regulations that open fire from police officers can only be performed if the person of interest has a weapon that they physically can see, and enforcing the concept that everybody is equal and that we should love each other equally. The first method would beneficial toward people like Donald Trump who abuses social media to promote racial prejudice, if there are sensors on post being made, he will not be allowed to make those type of comments. The second method being only allowing police officers to open fire on a person of interest only if they have a weapon that they can physically see will prevent authorities from conducting racial prejudice let through their position in society. The third method which is enforcing the concept that everybody is equal and that we should love each other equally can help people realize that no race is more superior than another.
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