Drugs and violence are universal. Although not all drugs cause violence some drugs like alcohol, methamphetamine, and crack cocaine do and can have horrible results. Some of the behavior that these drugs can cause are: domestic violence, sexual assault, homicides, and property crimes. Although horrible things do happen people still use them and crimes like these happen too much. This is a social issue because people see this as a norm. This shouldn't be a norm and people need to start realizing that.
How I speak to my friends differs from the way I speak to my teachers. How I speak to my family differs from the way I speak in public. Does my ability to speak multiple dialects of English infer I am bilingual? Society commonly interprets bilingualism as the capability to speak multiple languages. In reality, someone’s cultural and emotional connection largely helps define bilingualism. I define bilingualism as someone’s ability to express their culture(s) while speaking a language(s). The writers Martin Espada and Richard Rodriguez discuss their views of bilingualism within their essays. Espada teaches at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and conducts political poems. In his essay “The New Bathroom Policy at English High School” he
“We all use stereotypes, all the time, without knowing it. We have met the enemy of equality, and the enemy is us,” said Annie Murphy Paul who is a magazine journalist and book author that writes about the biological and social sciences. Stereotypes are a part of everyday life. Every person, young or old, has been labeled with a positive or negative stereotype. They are heard everyday and sometimes label certain groups of people. As Martina Navratilova said, “Labels are for clothing. Labels are not for people.” A lot of time stereotypes don’t fit what they are labeling. They can have a bad effect on people’s emotions, the way people interact with each other and their social lives. A common stereotype of many U.S. citizens is that all Mexican immigrants are criminals and have come to the U.S. illegally; therefore, this stereotype has a bad affect on the way Mexicans and other people think and act.
“Almost one in two (48%) Australian males, face an issue that they don’t want to talk about, the issues of manhood, masculinity and respectful love” – Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
Stereotypes are uneducated opinions towards a certain group, most commonly used within races, skin colors, and cultures. Stereotypes are usually from a majority group towards a minority group. Most of us do not think about it much but, Stereotypes are in our everyday lives, and everyone has taken part of a stereotype, either they have been the one stereotyping or they have been the victim of a stereotype and has been stereotyped. Throughout my life, I have heard a lot of stereotypes towards my kind, and more than likely it is always a negative stereotype. Some stereotypes through time die-off but as they die-off, new stereotypes flood or society. I am a minority, I am Mexican-American and classify myself and embrace myself as one. The stereotype that I have experienced the most is that all Mexicans are unintelligent delinquents. The stereotype of Mexicans being unintelligent and lazy was influenced by the media. Media sources in our lives skew the way we judge people. This stereotype may be taken lightly by everyone who iterates it but what is not taken into account is the effect this stereotype has in the community for those of us that are Mexican. It has a negative impact on my community, I noticed that the negative effect of this stereotype starts by influencing a couple of individuals and then expands to the community as a whole. The stereotype that Mexicans are these unintelligent delinquents gets planted in our heads at a young age and that affects the way some of
Besides boys reacting differently than what I expected, appearances on what boys are supposed to look like affected my views when I was younger. Watching novellas with my mother I used to looking at latino men who were tall and ripped, as I got older I started to notice that not all Mexican males were not buff and over six foot, and not all women wear tight dresses showing off a lot of cleavage. To rephrase it I do not want to say that latinos are not attractive, it's just I feel uncomfortable when people say that latinos are only attractive on tv. I feel that the stereotype of novella actors have imprinted an idea what latinos are supposed to look like, I constantly here that latinos are super sexy and good in bed, as if we are only good
“It is important to have an understanding about some of the myths and stereotypes of Latino/Hispanic Americans that contribute to the prejudice, discrimination, and bias this population encounters” (Shusta, Levine, Wong, Olson, and Harris 191).
Immigration, since its beginning, has caused a spur in stances as to whether or not it has really benefited the United States. Those who were arrive first to the country are often the ones to judge incoming waves of new immigrants, and question everything about them. Knowledge of someone’s past, education, circumstances, or anything possibly influential to reason of the departure of the country origin is irrelevant. For some, if an individual arrived to the American shores illegally through any means necessary, for a better opportunity or other, does not deserve to be here. The term ‘illegal alien’ is synonymous with the word ‘immigrant’ because foreigners who live in this country do not belong, and are terrorizing the way of life here. The stereotypes that have risen about immigrants have escalated, yet many only see the stereotype and refuse to see it as actual issues faced by living breathing humans who struggle daily to survive. Not only do stereotypes underestimate immigrants, but also the stress and the fact that there are people who live in constant fear that everything done at this point was futile. Andreu, author of The Secret Side of Empty challenges immigration stereotypes by putting a face to each belief to display the harsh reality of the struggles faced by millions today.
Sherman Alexei is a Native American writer, poet and filmmaker. In his interview with Bill Moyers called" Living Outside Borders", he discusses how being exposed to two different cultures have led him to greater understanding and consciousness about culture and cultural practices. Although he left the Reservation physically, the cultural effects of the Reservation still remain with him. His story is not unlike all immigrants who live in the U.S. I personally became more conscious about some cultural behaviors that I committed and never thought about it as unethical, such as stereotyping. I never realized how offensive stereotypes can be until I was stereotyped. Although being a victim of stereotyping has emotionally harmed me, it made me knowledgeable
Hispanics or Latinos are persons residing in the US who descended from a Spanish speaking country of Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula. The population listed in the US under the term "Hispanic or Latino" is very significant; 17% of the total population in the U.S, so its presence in the mass media is notorious and important. Further Hispanic or Latino ethnic group are the second fastest growing in the entire US population, behind Asians. According to the demographic projections of the Census Bureau, in 2060 the Latino population will reach 31% of the US population.
Why is it important to study the way American society perceives the Hispanics? There are several implication for the existing stereotypes of the Hispanics. One is that Hispanics are unable to establish identities due to the negative ones that already exist. In school for example their children are unable to rise above the racial prejudices where they are considered lazy and lacking in focus. The racial stereotypes of being non-white or criminals and uneducated also plays out in how they are treated by the rest of the society for instance whether they are able to access services that normal people can. Further internalization of the negative stereotypes leads the Hispanics to develop self-defeating behavior such as helplessness and depression
I like that you mentioned the effect of race with European settlers and indigenous people and the myths and stereotypes that come with race. This is such an interesting topic because much of the USA's history with race has strong associations with stereotypes that were used to keep a group of people oppressed.
Non Americans may misunderstand Americans and who they truly are. Americans may be stereotyped as obese, non-educated Americans but any American would strongly disagree. Those same non Americans may categorize all Americans by the way they look and dismiss anybody who looks different. An American can be anybody who chooses to become one and it doesn’t require anything that is impossible to accomplish. Now of course to be legally qualified as an American citizen one must have been born in America or been naturalized. But in general there is no barrier to entry. The same American who was born in America or the person who immigrated to the United States will have to pay their fair share of taxes and participate in their communities like what an
Women of other categories like Asians, Latinas and Native Americans face similar stereotypes to Black women. The two Black women stereotypes that Asians, Latinas and Native Americans can be compared to are the Mammy and Jezebel stereotypes. These stereotypes are either a threat to masculinity or an ideal way to be feminine in the male thought.
Something that I remember being taught in previous history classes is that the Europeans did more good than bad. The editors of my history books took it upon themselves to make sure that I learned more good things about my ancestors than bad. I learned that Europeans brought smallpox to the United States, but that fact was usually overshadowed by all of the good things that the Europeans did to improve our country. I also feel that my education about the beginnings of other countries and cultures was hindered by this same stereotype about the Europeans. I believe these readings were given to us to solidify what we have learned in the past and to open our eyes to what we have yet to learn or were possibly ignorant of. This reading reopened