Essay on Racism in America

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Running head: RACISM 1

Racism in Our Society
Liberty University Online
HSER 509 Multicultural Issues in Human Services
Dr. Lawrence Katz
Betty J. Saby
December 16, 2012

Racism in our society
Racism in our society has a long deeply rooted history. It has been in every part of our society and appears not to be getting any better. In order to fully understand racism one must look at the root cause of racism and the effects it has on an individual and a group. One must also look at the big picture of why there is the need for one group of people to think they are more superior than another and how it continues to progress. Experiencing racism is a traumatic experience and is something
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Several lines of evidence suggest that the internalization of cultural stereotypes by stigmatized groups can create expectations, anxieties and reactions that can adversely affect social and psychological functioning. Fischer and colleagues' (1996) review of research from several countries indicates that groups that are socially regarded as inferior have poorer academic performance than their more highly regarded peers (such as Koreans versus Japanese in Japan, Scots versus the English in the United Kingdom, and Eastern European origin versus Western European origin Jews in Israel). Research in the United States reveals that when a stigma of inferiority is activated under experimental conditions, performance on an examination was adversely affected (David, Morris, 2000). African Americans who were told in advance that blacks perform more poorly on exams than whites, women who were told that they perform more poorly than men, and white men who were told that they usually do worse than Asians, all had lower scores on an examination than control groups who were not confronted with a stigma of inferiority (David, Morris, 2000). Similarly, studies of mental patients revealed that the expectation of negative stigmatization adversely affected social networks, job performance and self-esteem. Research by Jerome Taylor and his colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh has systematically addressed the mental health consequences of internalized racism. These

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