Is The Internet Racist Analysis

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In a nation that was built by slaves with their blood, sweat, and tears for about two hundred forty-five years, it is hard to detect the demolishing of racism in America 's future. America has a rich history of people of European descent being immoral and unethical towards minorities through many forms. The people of European descent continued the “Us vs. Them” idea and kept their superiority by placing laws that separated themselves from the minorities and provided certain privileges to white Americans. Although our founding fathers and ancestors did not have the brain of cavemen, they did not have half of the knowledge or the technology that we have now have in America, but yet racism is still apparent and growing here. Since racism is …show more content…
We are able to connect with our long lost relatives or an old friend, all while having the opportunity to interact with others like and unlike ourselves. But such easy, causal connection in the cyber world can also have a downside. One would think with the advancement of technology that knowledge is increasing, but that does not indicate ignorance is not. Tony Manfred stated in his Business Insider article, “Why Is The Internet So Racist?”, “The Internet is overflowing with overt, savage, relentless racism — it seeps out of the underground where we like to think it lives, and comes right to the surface.” This statement is very true because the internet is a world where anything is possible, providing anonymity and helping with group polarization. Group polarization is when a group of like-minded people will become more extreme in their opinions …show more content…
We see it on our television screens, read it in the magazine, listen to it on the radio, etc. The people who control the media has access to emit certain messages to their audience and may portray certain groups negatively. These negative images/descriptions can influence personal opinions, ideas and racial attitudes towards a certain group. Once these representations become familiar and accepted, they fuel misperceptions and perpetuate misunderstandings among the races. In the Huffington Post article, “Images of Black Males in Popular Media” by Daron T. Smith, the author states, “Capturing our imagination as a society, film exemplifies how media images provide us with a manufactured reality of misrepresentations that guides societal perceptions of black men, whether real or imagined.” In other words, the media usually portrays certain groups stereotypically, providing society an over-generalized idea on how certain groups act. When people have invalid ideas about a certain group it can lead to prejudice, discrimination, and racism. Popular media provides certain ideas about different races, only helping with the preservation of

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