Discrimination and the Family

928 WordsJun 19, 20124 Pages
How Discrimination/Prejudice Affects Families Discrimination and prejudice can have a generational impact on families and family members. I believe that a person can experience discrimination and prejudice in many different ways during their lifetime and that these experiences can produce this generational affect – how they see themselves or their family being treated, comments or behaviors exhibited by their family and their family’s culture towards themselves and others, how the media models any particular ethnic group, religion, political party, etc. In her article, “Getting Past Ideology For Effective Teaching,” Liz Grauerholz lists cultural ideologies that students bring into a classroom. She states, “they almost certainly have…show more content…
How This Could Be Addressed on an Individual, Family, and/or Community Level Despite the political stance of law enforcement agencies that racial profiling is not allowed or in any way encouraged, R. Richard Banks in his article “Beyond Profiling: Race, Policing and the Drug War” writes “Professor William Stuntz has described racial profiling as ‘a fact of life that the legal system probably cannot change.’” (Banks, 2002) I agree with Professor Stuntz’s belief that racial profiling is not something that will be changed, especially by our legal system. At the same time, I believe that there could be mandatory education and awareness training for law enforcement officers and their families regarding the risks associated with bringing the job home. If spouses and children have the opportunity to understand why their spouse/parent who is in law enforcement has the perspective that they do, divorce rates and family disagreements could be decreased. At the same time, if an officer is made aware of the impact that these belief systems are having on the people in his/her life and be educated on potential coping mechanisms and ways to leave the job out of the home, the same outcome may be achieved of lower divorce rates and a healthier family relationship and interaction. Works Cited
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