• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Our society is one in which everything, including its members, to be easily categorized and labeled.

Extracts from this document...


Our society is one in which everything, including its members, to be easily categorized and labeled. Race, religion, sexual preference, and ethnic backgrounds are just a small number of ways we discern between different peoples. It is human nature to want to explain and divide the elements of our world. However, this categorizing of parts can create a rift between peoples from different walks of life. This promotes ignorance and indifference. Labeling people in such a way skews our view of reality and removes objectivity from our perceptions. This leads us only to focus on our differences while ignoring all of the wonderful things we have in common. This hindrance of perspective is a product of our own creation: Institutional racism. In a society so skewed by stereotypes, it is often that the facts are taken very much for granted. For instance, in light of our recent attacks on the United States of America, many people harbor hatred and resentment towards people of Middle Eastern descent. ...read more.


In abiding be these stereotypes and not drawing our own conclusions we not only support institutional racism we support our own ignorance this subconscious decision to support helps to ensure that institutional racism will continue to survive and strive in our society. Perhaps the most disturbing fact about racism is that human beings have, in a sense, thought it into existence. We create it all out of fear and ignorance towards people who are just a little different than us. Thinking something into existence is an idea that many Native American cultures used to embrace. That is, before their culture was raped and destroyed be colonists. The Native American way of life vastly differed from ours in the era of colonization, most intriguingly in that there was no god or omniscient deity. The Native Americans lived in harmony with the land and thus had no concept of land ownership. ...read more.


Being that Toi is light skinned, with regards to other people of similar decent, and because of that she becomes subjected to many lewd racial comments. Perhaps if her skin where darker she would have been spared, regardless of the content of her character. Often times it seems she can almost ---------- society from two different perspectives. Realistically, the color of our skin does not change how the world really is, and skin color does not change what we see. It is what lies beneath that ultimately make up our perception. Our brain shapes everything we see, touch, taste, smell and hear. If we do not mold them in such a way as to eliminate our ignorance's, we are allowing for racism to flourish. Through tolerance and thoughtfulness we can crush the barriers that bigotry has set up and release the grips of racism on our society. Accepting each other's differences, as true signs of our individuality, we may be able to see how truly the same we all are. We cannot seek to understand every culture in out world, but we can seek to understand humanity. ] ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Prejudice and Discrimination section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Prejudice and Discrimination essays

  1. show racism the red card'

    But what types of racism exist, who creates the racism, how is it created, and where? ii. Typology of racist violence We can make a typology of racist violence with four type of racism: * Interpersonal Violence: it acts of an ordinary racism or the authors transform an interpersonal conflict into racist act.

  2. Racism - a christian perspective.

    In 1967 America became involved in the Vietnam War. Over 400,000 Americans were fighting in the war and thousand of Vietnamese civilians died during the bloody war. In a Christmas Eve speech made in 1967, Martin Luther King said that humankind "is a child of God made in his image...until men see this everywhere...we will be fighting wars."

  1. I lived in Warsaw during the Holocaust

    safely say was worse than anything else which could possibly exist on this planet: the concentration camp at Auschwitz. Upon arrival everyone was herded into one of two lines. This was the last time I ever saw my sister & mother.

  2. Describe and assess the social position of a minority ethnic group in any one ...

    There were labour shortages in key sectors of the economy so the governments and businesses actively recruited foreign workers in an attempt to solve this problem. New Commonwealth migration of Britain was part of this worldwide process. Citizenship of the Commonwealth gave migrants the right of permanent settlement.

  1. Scapegoats in Society

    (Adapted from source one of the evidence pamphlet). I have studied the source of evidence and have done ample research, and to conclude there is much evidence that shows scapegoats are made whatever the problem or purpose. The most unpleasant that can be identified is undoubtedly the Holocaust.

  2. Christian Perspectives.

    It is very clear that racism still occurs in the world today however there are lots of teachings in the bible which suggest that this should not be the case. The bible is said to be the word of god and from the Bible we can see that god showed

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work