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William Boas POL 142 American Politics and Diversity My views on race have been shaped by numerous things throughout my life. My thoughts on race have been shaped by the media, mainly the news, radio, television, and the internet, as well as the people I associate with and the demographics of where I live. Race is constantly addressed by the media, both directly and indirectly. Many articles, radio programs, and television shows focus on the topic of race by providing opinions and analyzing situations and events on a racial basis. In contrast, the news simply provides the daily happenings of a community, but at the same time it can provide biased facts and information, often times leading viewers to their own conclusions. The demographics of where I live also play a big role in my views of race. Living in a predominately white, upper class suburb, I had not been able to interact with many people of a different race while living there. My school was overwhelmingly Caucasian, as well as all my friends. I simply did not have the opportunity to gain knowledge and appreciation for other cultures. Sure I learned about them in class, but it did not have the same impact as interacting first hand with others who were racially different than me. Through all of these factors, many stereotypes surfaced regarding people of different races. Because of the values I had gained from my parents and close friends, I did not adhere to these stereotypes, but I was exposed to them and knew of their existence. My time here at Miami has shattered many of these stereotypes.
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