Stereotypes

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The Boondocks
With or without recollection human nature causes us to judge others based on first impression or even one’s appearance. In some cases it is necessary to judge someone off of the way they carry themselves in order to perform one’s expected duties to the best of their abilities. For instance, individuals in the police force must have a strong sense of judgment, as they are always in the line of danger never being able to let their guard down. This is understandable because in order for a police officer to fulfill their duty to serve and protect the people they must protect themselves from anyone attempting to commit harm on them. Other than occupations that require judging another human being, I feel as if it is completely immoral to have expectations of one’s behavior due to the color of their skin. Some may call this racism. Others may call this stereotyping. Regardless of the term given, it is not right to put a whole race in a negative category based on the actions of a few people belonging to that race have done. A major contributor to this wrongful situation is the constant influence of television shows that attempt to imitate the lifestyle of a particular race. In this text I used the ideological approach to show how TV sitcoms, such as the Chappelle’s Show, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and The Boondocks, use images and sounds to reinforce stereotypes of African American people in the United States that may or may not be false, ultimately underlining the belief of how African Americans are portrayed throughout society. The term racism is defined as the belief that all members of a specific race possess certain characteristics due to biological categorizing. To stereotype is defined as a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of people. Both of these terms have negative effects on our culture due to the false impression they give us of others. When performed these two immoral acts put a limit on how one sees the world making it difficult for them to trust in any race that is poorly portrayed. Ones image is the only thing that can be controlled by the individual, however, when this image is tarnished for the public to witness, it is difficult to overcome the negative effects. For centuries the world has faced the problem of racism. It has hindered an entire race from achieving to their full potential in life due to the ridicule they face on a daily basis from those that are of the so-called superior race. There are many examples of this poor treatment of others throughout history from countries beyond just the United States. For example, during the reign of Hitler in Germany an entire race, the Jews, were outcast simply because of their features that did not fit with those in power. This made it impossible for anyone of Jewish descent to live a normal life in Germany. They were instead forced to live with endless worry about constantly being abused both physically and verbally. As a result of this immoral judgment millions of innocent people lost their lives causing Jews everywhere to go into hiding just to stay alive. While a prime example of the negative effects of racial stereotyping, The Holocaust was not the first time a race of people was treated poorly and it for sure would not be the last. Though the devastation does not compare to the tragedy Jews had to face with the Holocaust, the treatment of African Americans in the United States has forever been a huge part of our society and had a profound influence on other’s view of us as a country. The enslavement of African Americans was only the beginning of numerous decades in which African Americans would be ridiculed due to the color of their skin. Although no longer considered property of the White man, African Americans were still looked at as inferior to the White man; unfortunately placing limitations on the potentials of accomplishments in life of the African American. The unequal treatment continued for years...
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