Essay On Racism And Discrimination

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Racism is an issue still deeply engrained in every aspect American life. This country’s history was rooted in slavery and inequality among races. While there has been progress to create a fair and equal America for the future, many citizens stubbornly cling to their preconceived racial prejudices. For my experiment, I would like to further study themes of racism and discrimination by exploring the difference in racism between genders. Are white men more likely to hold racist attitudes than white women? I’m interested to see if women hold less racist beliefs than men because of their lower held status in society. Do white women feel empathy toward those facing racial injustice due to their own unequal standing? Or are their racial beliefs worse …show more content…
Before forming an experimental idea, it’s imperative to understand and define the terms relevant to my theory. Discrimination is described as a generalized behavior towards members of a social group, whereas prejudice is based on an individuals feeling toward a specific social group. For my study, I would like to focus on racial discrimination, and the behaviors white men and women display toward African American individuals. One particular current issue relating to racial discrimination in the United States is shooter bias. Shooter bias is backed by research that suggests white people tend to shoot unarmed black suspects more often than unarmed white suspects. Most researchers believe this bias can be linked to the persistent stereotype in the United States that black men are more threatening than white men. Additionally, people are prone to shoot anyone who belongs to a different, more misunderstood social group. To further explore this issue, one study asked college student participants to engage in a computer game that asked the individual to shoot whenever a person with a gun appeared on screen (and to hold fire when there was no gun apparent). The people who appeared on screen where either white or black males. The study concluded that those with a bias were more likely to shoot the back males on screen even if they didn’t have gun. This study reflected the racial …show more content…
I’ve based this theory off of research from a study that showed the poor were more empathetic, and more likely to give back to others than the wealthy. Will white women be more empathetic towards African Americans because they too understand the struggle of living with less privilege? More specifically, my hypothesis is that an increase in privilege due to gender will increase the tendency of racial discrimination. To test this hypothesis, I’ll look for racial discrimination in my study through the roommate search process. The participants in my experiment will be randomly selected white men and women between the ages of 25-30 looking for a roommate in Boston. For the study, I will send two individuals one white and one black, to interview separately with the white participants looking for a roommate. I will have both the black and white roommate hopefuls be of the same age (26), same height and build, same personality and answer the questions in the same way. These hopefuls will be cheerful, easy to get along with, and willing to pay whatever is needed for rent. For the female’s searching for a roommate, I would send in a white woman and black woman for them to interview, and a white man and black man for the white male participant to interview. After the interviews with both the black and

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