Race and Ethnicity

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Alyssa Krajewski
10/02/2012
Society and Global Diversity

Race and Ethnicity

The people of American are still fighting each day to get rid of the word prejudice. Prejudice is an unsupported generalization about a category of people. Being prejudice leads to stereotyping, this leads to racism. Why do people judge other people by the color of their skin? Why do they think their race is more superior? Black people are judged because they were once slaves; the fact that they were owned by white people has led them to this day to be discriminated against. Muslims in the United States are all considered terrorist because of the attack on 9/11. Just because Muslims attacked the United States does not mean that every Muslim had a voice in their attack. Any person that is not white in the United States will be considered a minority and discriminated against by most.

In class we watched a YouTube video of ABC’s Primetime show What would you do? This is a hidden camera show that aims to test bystanders’ reactions in ethically challenged scenarios. One of the video segments that caught my attention was the Muslim girl in the bakery. As the man behind the counter continued to call her a terrorist, telling her to get out of his store, and said she was not American because of the way she dressed; sad part about this was the people who just sat and watched. At the end of the segment thirteen people stood up for her, six basically applauded and shook the ignorant counter guy’s hand agreeing, and twenty people did absolutely nothing. I understand that this was shot in one of the most racist states, Texas but why should Muslims walk around in fear because of their faith and practicing religion? Nahiya the Muslin woman that this experiment was based off stated that she fears to walk around alone because she has an incident where she was jumped by 5 girls for dressing the way she does. People need to realize a person’s outfit or skin color does not make up a person; it’s...
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