The Bystander Effect And Racism

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Because we are more likely to help those that are similar to us, we are more likely to help those that are of the same race as us. According to Marsh and Keltner (2006), “Research has shown that people are more likely to help those they perceive to be similar to them, including others from their own racial or ethnic groups. We don’t like to discover that our propensity for altruism can depend on prejudice…” We can connect the evidence provided to explain issues of the bystander effect and racism. For example, when people witness a situation of racism, they are probably only going to help if it is someone from the same racial group. However, if it were someone foreign to his or her group, then that would ignore the issue and not step in. Regarding the Holocaust and many other world issues, people probably did not care for it or paid attention because it did not concern people of their own kind. However, once an issue hits their own country/social group, then people will be quick to offer as much help as possible. I believe that this mentality is a part of the racism issue our society faces; we prefer to only help people of our own kind. If people continue to carry this mentality, then we will never get over our differences in order to help others. But if the world can come together and put those racial differences aside, then we can possibly live in a world with less conflict as we strive to help one another and live in peace.
Keltner, D., & Marsh, J. (2006, September 1). We
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