Holler If You Hear Me

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If you’re a minority, then you’re a target. The book, Holler If You Hear Me, follows the story of a man named Gregory Michie and his experiences as a teacher. The book highlights many topics revolving around urban city life and minorities. One of the recurring issues in the book is the problems that minorities struggle with. There are many race or ethnicity related cases in the book that show negative things in life. Race is not always the main focus, but it somehow finds a way to connect to many situations. Does being a minority affect the relationship between one and his or her community?
In the beginning of the book, Holler If You Hear Me, Michie was just starting class when his students, mostly minorities, started to make fun of white
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“Research consistently shows that minorities are more likely than whites to view law enforcement with suspicion and distrust,” (“Race, Trust and Police Legitimacy”). The public's perception about police officers is important toward judging policing in a society. Minority’s perception that police lack lawfulness and legitimacy can lead to distrust in law enforcement. This results in police losing the ability and authority to function effectively. It isn’t just being a minority that determines one’s perception of police officers, being aware of racial profiling also has an effect on how someone, not only a minority, views police. Creating profiles about the kinds of people who commit certain crimes leads police officers to generalize a whole group of people, rather than addressing people as individuals (“Racial Profiling”). A lot of people are aware of this and some develop feelings of separation from the police. Data shows that whites hold the police in higher authority than minorities do, but race is often in conjunction with other factors like level of crime in a neighborhood to a person. So it could also be the result of bad influences to change one's perspective of police. Nevertheless, police to citizen relationships become damaged from feelings of discrimination and distrust, this only makes policing more challenging, especially for minorities (“Race, Trust and Police …show more content…
It is not too uncommon for generalization to appear in many police to citizen interactions. In fact, most bad police experiences occur when there is a minority involved. This causes distrust between many police and minorities. Actually, the generalization of a people damages human relationships in general, not just between police and citizen. A lot of these negatives feelings and ideas towards other parties often sprout from the media. Every day there are different stories and events, whether true, false, or altered, being spread by the media. More often than not, the information involving minorities highlights mainly the bad things that people could find. We as a people have the power to combat the spread of negative vibes and can do this by simply doing the opposite. Spreading good vibes. Through the use of the media, including social media, anyone can spread the hidden highlights of minorities. This can effectively push back the spread of stereotypes and negativity, creating a more welcoming community for us

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