Racial Stereotypes And Racial Profiling Essay

1574 Words Jun 17th, 2016 7 Pages
“Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.” “Don’t knock it until you try it.” Both are mantras that are usually attributed to people who are being pushed to read or try something that is unknown or daunting. The point is that a person can only assess and make a fair judgement about something until they have experienced it for themselves. Unfortunately, it seems that these cliched sayings do not apply to racial interactions outside of their comfort zones. Sometimes even before one becomes part of society people 's perception of them become warped and altered. The reason being is that is the institutionalization of racial stereotyping and misrepresentation in media further oppress minorities such as blacks and muslims. These two concepts fuel racial profiling, job discrimination, educational inequality for minorities such as blacks and Muslims. Like everything in existence racial stereotyping has its roots. Mark Peffley author of “Racial stereotypes and Whites Political Views of Blacks in the context of Welfare and Crime” he proposed that stereotypes are commonly defined as “cognitive structures that contain the perceiver’s knowledge, beliefs, and expectations about the human groups”(Peffley 31).
Essentially, racial stereotypes are created through prior knowledge or expectations of a certain ethnicity or minority most likely through past encounters. If for instance if someone was to refuse to hire someone from a particular race because he or she believes them to be lazy and…

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