Prejudice and Stereotyping

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Stereotyping can be seen as a persons biases about another individual depending on race, color, gender, religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation. Once a stereotypical ideal is born the person views the activity of individuals of a different race, color, gender, or religion with prejudice. Racial and ethnic differences also impact individual behavior by creating stereotypes and racial profiling. By definition racial profiling is, “the alleged policy of some police to attribute criminal intentions to members of some ethnic groups and to stop and question them in disproportionate numbers without probable cause.” (Racial Profiling . (1996). In Encarta(encyclopedia) Britannica. Retrieved from http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/186436/Encarta) An example of this may be TSA agents who judge a person if that person looks like he or she is middle eastern decent, or when police judge an African American male resulting in the use of deadly force. Gender differences impact individual behavior by forming limitations, this seen especially in the military. The following information was gathered through two personal interviews that I counducted on HM2(SS) Portillo, (SS) stand for submersible ships, and HN Patton who both are active duty military members. Per the Geneva convention, women are not allowed to serve on the front lines in a war or conflict, they are not allowed to serve on submarines, they are not allowed to be apart of the infantry, or apart of special warfare operations such as Navy Seals, Pararescue, or MARSOG.(Patton,Alexandria. Personal Interview. 2Apr13)(Portillo,HM2(SS).Personal Interview. 2April13). This has been a the norm for many years until recently. Recently the military has been allowing women to participate in certain types of training to see if they are fit for service with special warfare units and infantry. Its great that we are attempting to break away from both stereotype and prejudice against women in the military, however some...
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