The Effects of Stereotyping and Prejudice in Crime

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In the world we live in today, people are naturally prone to judge others through social comparison. One of the forms of the origins in self-concept, a person judges himself or herself based on the people around them. When the person develops, they create beliefs about people and their groups. Eventually, it leads to stereotypes, prejudice and possibly, discrimination. This What Would You Do experiment uses natural observation to question the racial divide of justice and the notions of race. The scenario takes place in a well-populated park. There is a bike locked to a sign and the confederates attempt to take break the lock to steal the bike. This television episode observed the reactions of the bystanders as they tested three different groups with different confederates. The show broke down the segment into a young white male, black male and white female. Each confederate was treated vastly different due to their labels and other’s perceptions of the individual. Then people were asked about their reactions and why they acted in this manner. The first observation was a young white male, who used tools to break the bike lock and chain. Initially, most of the bystanders noticed him but did nothing to stop him. There were a few who vocalized their concern but generally, most did not report this crime to the authorities. After, they used the same scenario but just changed the person to an African American male, who was dressed similarly. In this observation, people were quick
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