Stereotyping Racial Groups

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Growing up in the U.S., I see a great amount of diversity of various and unique racial groups compared to any other countries. Currently, there are about 77.1% Caucasians, 17.6% Hispanics or Latinos, 13.3% African Americans, 5.6% Asians, 2.6% two or more races, and 0.2% Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders (Population Estimates). However, with the wide amount of diversity in a country, it may lead to issues that arises from different attitudes, such as stereotyping racial groups without knowing the person. Even as a child, I would relate one’s race with their stereotype regardless of their true character. I would first sort out my thoughts about a person’s racial groups. Then, I would relate a person back to their racial group without …show more content…
For example, some people would warn their children to stay away from Latinos or African Americans. The main reason would be their association with their racial actions, such as gangs and violence. This is occurs because people easily relate an individual to their racial background ignoring other important factor of the individual. As Latinos and African Americans are the two main groups that solely are infiltrated with gang-related groups. From a research in 2011, there are about 45.5% Latinos or Hispanics and 39.0% African Americans who are part of gangs, especially in big cities (National). It eventually leads to unnecessary stereotyping of the person without knowing him or her. According to John Berger, who is a novelist and a Booker Prize, “The way we see things is affected by what we know or what we believe”. It explains that the way we perceived things are what we know and believe to be true, which leads to race being what we see from what we know. This results in our lack of knowledge about racial groups and disregarding their true behavior. However, we live in a society that is progressive, which means we are learning to understand our surroundings and cope with the diversity that exists in the United States. But, we continue to choose the decision based on what we see, which is our choice. (Berger 8). When it comes to race, it is the choices …show more content…
Race has made many feel inferior to the whites and other majority groups. This has created a society that fully focused on race more than their own personality as a whole. Race has shaped the way we see the world and have become the main reason why we have different ideals about the racial groups. Berger states that we never look at one thing, we are always are trying to make connections to the thing and ourselves (9). This explains how everyone has different, but similar attitudes about racial groups. In addition, the race that we are grouped under also influences the way we think about other races. If we think we are more superior to others, the mindset that we have created eventually is set to affect the way we perceive other groups. In addition, the race that we are grouped may also have different attitudes towards other groups and it may lead to conflicting views about that racial groups. For instance, African Americans, they continue to be oppressed due to their past actions in the United States. Though they may have gain a new status, they will continue to feel oppressed by the majority groups that deem them unfit for the society. This eventually leads to a new mindset that people under their specific race will always have the same attitudes and action as their past

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