Racism And Stereotypes

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Forms of Racism and Stereotypes in Today’s Society
Racism is a major issue today. Many people are not aware of how much racism still exists in society. It’s obvious that racism is not as bad as it was decades ago, but it’s still present. It is time that people started thinking about the solutions to end it. Many people believe that it depends on if a person was born racist or not, but that is not true. An individual cannot be born racist, but only learn to behave so as they grow. And we have numerous institutions, including media and government, that can influence this growth of racism.
Over the past years the internet has become one of the most useful tools. However, countless people are cyber bullied for their skin color and looking different from mainstream western beauty standards. People are likely to be “trolls” and leave hateful comments on a post, especially when they can do so anonymously, as they believe they have the power and face no consequences. It’s sad that people continue bullying others on social media. They don’t understand that so many people hurt themselves because of what people are saying to them online. This hateful cycle contributes to increasing rates of suicide seen in America today.
Mainstream media contributes by using stereotypes as a shorthand method of defining characters in ways that are easy for people to identify and categorize. For example, black people are stereotyped as gang members, Asian’s as neurotic, white people as racists rednecks,
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