In the last few months, the current situation of asylum seekers has caused an increment of racist remarks in the news. The migrant crisis is currently considered a hot topic in the press, what implies that those events are considered newsworthy (NewsBank, 2015; Van Dijk, 1991, p.3). Actually, the press has always been a significant tool to spread ideologies, being racism one of them (Van Dijk, 1991, p.10). Consequently, racism in the press is an interesting topic of research for many sociolinguists, as the linguistics’ professor Teun A. Van Dijk.
This is usually done by the way in which they publish or broadcast their news story. The continuous use of colour terms as it relates to individuals can cause persons to develop prejudices of individuals who fit into the described category. These individuals would develop a generalized incorrect opinion that everyone of that particular race is always responsible for a certain negative event. One example of this would be the stereotype that all Muslims are
In this society, many judgements are made about people from different backgrounds. This causes many problems between people of other races. Racism can be shown in multiple ways such as by using overt and covert racism. In the two stories “The Stolen Party” by Liliana Hecker and “So What Are You, Anyway?” by Lawrence Hill, there are many examples of racist stereotypes. These stereotypes have many different effects on the people judged accordingly.
The American Heritage College Dictionary defined Racism as the belief that race determines the human character and the human ability. To me, racism is done or committed when one believes that one race is superior to other races. It brings division to races because of the issues and conflicts on who is to be the one who is superior and who is the one to be inferior. Racism in the form of discrimination is still grows and prevails in the society today. According to Avila (2014), the separation of people through a social division into some aspects for the purpose of discrimination but are not necessarily related to races is considered as Racial Discrimination.
Many Celebrities have come under fire for their racist slurs in the media. Actors such as Michael Richards, Mel Gibson, and among few others are prime examples of individuals whose outburst lead to a racist commentary. The question that is on everybody's mind, when they heard about the outbursts from a celebrity, they wonder if they had a racist view of minorities or suffer from an uncontrollable anger problem. In some cases, these outbursts can be seen as a hidden anger problem while in other cases can be seen as how these individuals view blacks and other minorities in America. Michael Richard was once widely known for his portrayal on the 1989 television sitcom Seinfeld as a supporting character Cosmo Kramer.
Prejudice is a thought and feeling of unjustified towards an individual based solely on the individuals, intergroup and outside (Grant & Portera, 2011). Nelson (2009) said that prejudice can either be in positive and negative way. Prejudice includes three components of an attitude followed by behavioral, cognitive and affective. Moreover, it can happen towards any individuals or group of social because intergroup prejudice is universal (Whitney & Kite, 2006). Intergroup relations especially show the power of emotional prejudices; when people commit extreme discrimination, emotions focus on their behavior (Glaser, Dixit, & Green, 2002; Pettigrew & Meertens, 1995).
Racism was a big thing when propaganda that was used a lot more. (Propaganda) Most propaganda involved racism. Propaganda was also used for other reasons. Propaganda wasn’t only used for portraying the enemies as evil. Some propaganda was used for recruiting more soldiers to fight in the war.
A large contributor to this prejudice is the media, which has been infamous in spreading images of racial minorities which establish their general appearances and behaviors (Omi and Winant 5). These publications spark generalizations about whole groups and acceptable treatment of them by the dominant culture, which can be seen in racial profiling. By discriminating against groups based on dominant generalizations, the color line is strengthened, and thus racial and ethnic groups are treated inferiorly to whites. It is also crucial to view the theory from a minority’s standpoint and their role to fit into the constructed social order. Omi and Winant discuss how students of color feel the pressure to decentralize their racial identity and spend time primarily with white students (Omi and Winant 4).
It has the ability to enlighten the lives of people but also has the ability to perpetuate stereotypes. The recent crisis of the Palestinian Arab – Israeli conflict has created big buzz on the media. Even though the media still has painted a one sided picture between the victim and the attacker. The unbalanced coverage has created a mindset the Arab states are up for violence and power, while Israel is left alone protecting its people. Such distorted representations of Arabs has led to other countries to believe it too which can further create problem between the nations relationship.
Specifically, in the media, racism is very evident and African Americans are discriminated in news headlines, television series, and art portrayals. First of all, African Americans are discriminated through the news and social media in different ways. Research assistant Kristine Lu acknowledges a recent study regarding this concept in which sixty-six out of one hundred black people felt the