Racism consists of both prejudice and discrimination based in social perceptions of biological differences between peoples. It often takes the form of social actions, practices or beliefs, or political systems that consider different races to be ranked as inherently superior or inferior to each other, based on presumed shared inheritable traits, abilities, or qualities. It may also hold that members of different races should be treated differently.Among the questions about how to define racism are the question of whether to include forms of discrimination that are unintentional, such as making assumptions about preferences or abilities of others based on racial stereotypes, whether to include symbolic or institutionalized forms of discrimination such as the circulation of ethnic stereotypes through the media, and whether to include the socio-political dynamics of social stratification that sometimes have a racial component.In sociology and psychology, some definitions only include consciously malignant forms of discrimination. However, some consider any assumption that a person's behavior is tied to their racial categorization to be inherently racist, regardless of whether the action is intentionally harmful or pejorative, because stereotyping necessarily subordinates individual identity to group identity. Some definitions of racism also include discriminatory behaviors and beliefs based on cultural, national, ethnic, caste, or religious stereotypes. One view holds that racism is best understood as 'prejudice plus power' because without the support of political or economic power, prejudice would not be able to manifest as a pervasive cultural, institutional or social phenomenon.
But why do people prejudice and discriminate and stereotype against people who don't look exactly like themselves? They've never had to, and yet they still do
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It cannot be explained... it makes no sense. It is due to ignorance and/or hatred. Hopefully you won't be the recipient of it, but if you are, you need to let it roll off of you and learn how to handle it.
But I don't think you should have to learn how to handle it. Why do people think it's okay to treat somebody in a different way just because they don't look exactly like you?
Well i agree you shouldn't have to, but sadly Asses exist in the world. You can't help that. So you can either prepare for it, or you can be hurt by it. And as I said, people do it because they are either ignorant or full of hate. It isn't rational and there is no excuse for it. Do your best to make a difference in the world in a good way, and just drop those that choose not too.
It boils down to fear and control. Overtly sexist men themselves feel disempowered, most likely a result of the inconsistency of their primary caregiver. Racism can be about power, fear, or both. Growing up in Memphis for example, one of the most violent cities in the US, I ended up being raised with an implicit bias against blacks despite knowing that it was irrational.
Why were you taught with such a bias? Why do people think black people are so violent?
Since many blacks (especially in the south) tend to be clustered around the urban "ghettos," ofc, people associate them with violence. Once there's an association there, it can be difficult to break. My mother for example would freak out if I ever wandered beyond the four or five houses nearest us. Once as a young child, I was playing basketball with some black kids at the end of my street; my mother came down and yelled at me for it. Even if only 1 out of 100 jelly beans is going to kill you, odds are you don't wanna just through your hand in there and shove a fistful in your mouth. It's a very inhumane way of viewing other people, but that's the reason behind association.
Aw that's so awful why does she think black people are bad? Did she experience something firsthand or from the news?
At the time, she was a fairly recent immigrant, less than 10 years. I was born just after my parents moved to Memphis. I could point to a whole host of issues behind this, but rest assured, she was very afraid for me. Again, being in the heart of the Bible belt in one of the worst cities for gang violence didn't help in the least bit. To get back to your question, news I bet played a huge role, almost every night you'd hear about someday be shot or stabbed in the ghetto areas downtown.
That's so sad. I bet the news thing wouldn't have happened if they could get/get better jobs
Do you want someone to give you perspective on something that you experienced but haven't described, or are you asking for narratives from other people?
Either way u feel comfortable responding is fine
Well, I'm a white dude from Arkansas and I meet a lot of lower class people. Sometimes, you'll meet a dude who's obviously mentally handicapped, and he'll say some shit about white people are superior, then look t you really intensely. By the time you realize that the look of confusion and disgust on your own face is you failing his test before he invites you to his Klan rally, you can't help but think it's a little funny that the bulk of Klan membership probably has an IQ of around 65 and an annual income under 18k.Here's something interesting. I've seen a woman attack a man with a baseball bat, and he didn't even raise a hand to defend himself. He got arrested for "domestic abuse" but was never charged.
I always thought it was a way to simplify the world. The mind seems to work by grouping things, and sometimes, it oversimplifies things.
1. legit bad experiences2. false self-indoctrination
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