many overweight people believe that ugly is what they are. This can cause these people to think negatively and begin to take action into changing themselves. But these ways of changing themselves is not very healthy. Besides body shaming the kids in my high school used to say racially stereotype against different racial kids based on what they heard from the media. “He dresses like this so he must be into this music. She goes to that school so she must be rich”. They also stereotype people from different racial backgrounds as “lazy”, “brainy”, “aggro” etc. I believe that when we feel angry or frustrated, they often look for someone else to blame for their problems. As a community, we can do the same thing. People who look or talk differently to us are an easy target. You can hear it happening today in comments like, “those people take our jobs” or “they get government handouts all the time”. Nearly all the time, these statements are wrong. Personally, I’ve experienced people make racist stereotypical jokes against my religion and culture. Especially since Muslims have been targeted ever since there have been terrorist attacks, people make stereotypical jokes but in reality, this is an act of racism and there are laws that prohibit this kind of behavior. I believe the way to beat the stereotypes is to teach kids that stereotypes should not be treated as a joke and understand that it is actually a problem. They should learn not to judge a
whole group of people based on one specific action. As adults, we should get to know people from different racial backgrounds and find out how much you have in common. Increase your awareness of racism and how to combat it. Learning about new cultures, trying new food, and commemorating new holidays broadens the mind and opens us up to new possibilities. When stereotypes aren’t directed at us, they are easy to discount or ignore. I think if you remind yourself that stereotypes have consequences which will lead us to discrimination, it will fuel the motivation we need to break the stereotype habit and to substitute new, better-thought processes in their place. Juan Williams: Racial Code Words
Reading Juan Williams article on racial codes makes me question why our political discourse has become so fragmented and combative. Over the years the population of different race colors has increased tremendously. This makes me question why race is still a trigger in politics.
- Spring '14