A large one in our society is the racism against Muslims. People assume the worst of them because ‘they cause so many terrorist attacks’, however, that isn’t true. They are blamed for a lot of horrible events because of their race and culture which in turn, really hurts them. Our world shouldn’t be full of racism anymore, but somehow, there still is a bunch of it
However, the similarity goes one step further: their root. All three of these biases are rooted in the fear, hatred, or even simply the misunderstanding of groups foreign to the majority. We have seen time and time again how these have negative effects on society. Currently, minority groups make up one-third of the U.S. population. The ever-growing numbers and activism for social justice have prompted more progressive views and respect for minorities, but despite this growth, there still remains many areas in which American culture falls short.
Although the term stereotype was brought into English in the 20th century, now it is widely used everywhere. Generally stereotypes are simplified images or thoughts of a certain kind of person or thing. Usually a person who has stereotypes characterizes and then categorizes people by their race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or physical appearances. Stereotypes have a negative impact on people who are engaging it. The short story “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver along with “Flight Patterns” by Sherman Alexie show those negative impacts of stereotypes that not only affect the victims of stereotyping but also change the characters’ personality negatively.
Stereotypes are usually formed based on an individual’s appearance, and gender that would put labels on people. The appearance of a person’s in general is one of the most important causes of stereotypes. People usually tend to stereotype a person from what they see and think. Most stereotypes probably tend to convey a negative impression. Stereotype has become a labels in America followed by discrimination year after year, but society still not educated enough to know what is good from bad.
People tend not to sometimes love the body they were created in because of the way the media culture has acculturated certain body shapes and sizes. Body image refers to a person’s mental representation of their body. The way people view their body mentally can either be positive or negative. In today’s society, where the media culture and celebrities dominate almost everything, including a certain way people should look, have made most people have a negative body image. As a result of people having negative body image, it has contributed to many eating disorders, low self-esteem and low self-confidence.
Furthermore, the initial poor economic condition burdened with this deficit had led many low-income citizens towards poverty. This then becomes signifies the development of increased money-related crimes like robbery. On the other hand, people also smuggle goods in order to meet the needs of the local people. In fact, this is done openly and treated as a normal practice. Another way that globalization has increased crime rates is through the negative portrayal of actions present in the western media.
This content not only increases ratings from the white audience, but increases the media’s reach. Although this benefits the media companies, racial minorities and their communities suffer because of the stereotypes created by these media networks. "By over-representing whites as victims of crimes perpetrated by people of color, crime news delivers a double blow to white audiences' potential for empathetic understanding of racial minorities” (Nazgol Ghandnoosh). By outputting media geared towards white people persuading them that racial minorities are tied in with criminal activity, media networks not only allow for false perceptions to be made by unsuspecting viewers, they also increase their revenue at the cost of outputting falsified information. The majority of viewers for a lot of media outlets are not well aware of the facts in regards to criminal activity by race.
Most great achievements also come with some costs. No matter how big or how small, it is common that there will be some amount of damage left over. There has been a numerous amount of hurt and suffering throughout world history, all over the world and in many cases, it has been the result of one country doing what they think is right for themselves but ends up causing pain towards others. The Industrial Revolution and Imperialism in Africa have been two prime examples of great change. During the era of industrialization and imperialism, the hurt and human suffering that the advancements in technology and societal power caused was not worth gaining all of the new discoveries and improvements for some countries.
Xenophobia is described as a strong hatred or (unjustified) fear of those who are foreign to you, for example, immigrants of a different culture, religion or race group. These feelings often lead to harmful and often fatal actions taken by those who feel xenophobic towards others. Xenophobia can be described as a violation to human rights as stated by our Constitution, that “everyone within in our borders is entitled to dignity”. Often the victims of xenophobia’s rights to liberty and security, privacy and even life, is compromised.
As for Fraud, an accurate description would be defined as criminal deception intended to gain money or personal advantage. It is the unlawful and intentional making of a misrepresentation. Retrospectively corruption and fraud events are both extremely criminal to the society we live in South Africa. Corruption and Fraud both have connotations to negative characteristics such as criminal, illegal, dishonest, unlawful, unfaithful, and immoral. This is a serious allegation with growth rates with businesses and companies that work with people that have an incorrect mindset relating to corruption and fraud.