Don 't Let Stereotypes Warp Your Judgment

869 WordsNov 25, 20154 Pages
In Heilbroner’s article “Don’t Let Stereotypes Warp Your Judgment” he says “we tend to see people in terms of our standardized pictures (87).” More frequently, these assumptions will cause people to draw false conclusions about a person’s true character. The one common stereotype that has always been around in today’s world is the stereotype about the Jewish people that has been around since for long period of time. Over the course of history, the Jewish people have discovered first-hand the destructive and gruesome effects of stereotyping and racial profiling. Nazi propagandists portrayed Jews as an alien race that fed off the host nation, poisoned its culture, seized its economy, and enslaved its workers and farmers. This hateful depiction, although neither new nor unique to the Nazi Party, now became a state-supported image. As the Nazi regime tightened control over the press and publishing after 1933, propagandists tailored messages to diverse audiences, including the many Germans who were not Nazis and who did not read the party papers. Public displays of antisemitism in Nazi Germany took a variety of forms, from posters and newspapers to films and radio addresses. Propagandists offered more subtle antisemitic language and viewpoints for educated, middle-class Germans offended by crude caricatures. University professors and religious leaders gave anti-Semitic themes respectability by incorporating them into their lectures and church sermons. This racial profiling and
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