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stereotype, prejudice, & dicrimination

Though we deny these facts but stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination, is still a biggest factor in our culture. Weather it is related to celebrity gossips or a person passing by you. Judging people by their looks, ethnicity, religion etc. is really normal in our society. Thus, that is the reason that people are more greedy and selfish than generous or caring. As  Zora Neale Hurston have said that:

“Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It’s beyond me.” ― Zora Neale Hurston

            We judge people based on our beliefs with out knowing another person or even without talking, or doing research, we blame and accused people for something they have not done it. Today, people are so self-obsessed that they don’t even bother to care about who lives in their neighbors. Another factor, that took over our lives is the fear to not have enough money to survive, which is not true but instead of accepting facts and live happily, majority of the people have decided to live in fear by ignoring the realities.  This fear have been set in our mind, by new rules of society, which make working and making money so important that they don’t have times for anything else, which also includes not spending enough time with friends and family.

As the time have passing by, the definition of the words are also changing for example from the past few years family is define as a group of people get together on Thanksgiving to Thanksgiving, and claim how much they love each other and after holidays they don’t even have time to say Hi! to each others. In the past people were so lively, and caring, they knew how to be happy and how to live their lives. They loved to spend quality time with family, to go out on picnics every other weekend, instead of sitting in front of Facebook and waste time for nothing.

We define stereotypes as “an often unfair and untrue belief that many people have about all people or things with a particular characteristic”,[1] which led to prejudice, and discrimination. It can be based on anything such as religion, race, nationality, or even sexuality. According to an interesting article I found on dailybeast.com, which explains the event that happened last year when GAP Inc. uses a Sikh model for their ad campaign, and someone vandalize the gap subway advertisement which was noticed by Arsalan Iftikhar and he posted the picture on his twitter account which went viral and took attention from GAP Inc. According to the article

“Some racist idiots decided to scratch out “Make Love” and replace it with “Make Bombs.” Another genius decided to use a black Sharpie to write, “Please stop driving taxis” under the advertisement’s caption, as well.”

GAP advertisement

gap.

            GAP Inc. asked for the location of the ad, and replaced it with a new one. [2] They also made an effort to promote actions against such actions. This kind of news proves that, people have tendency to put blame on others without solid evidence. From the past few years it have been very common for people to blame entire nation for the action of few. Which I think is depreciable and it not a right thing to do. We can’t punish someone who is not at fault and someone should make an effort to stop this.

It like a disease, which is spreading really fast and taking over the world and no one is making an effort to stop this from happening, another thing is that media is promoting such actions, by playing their part in it. They only shares half of the story with the audience, instead of providing audience with all the facts and figures, they only share their conclusion, what they think about the situation and who they blame for it.

Through out the world, many countries have put banned on political and religious activities, which is talking away people’s freedom from them. People have to understand on thing, that stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination go hand in hand. If you chose any of these actions, it will eventually lead you to another. Which is not good his or her own self, the society he or she is living n and the nation they are representing. In another article at huffingtonpost.com, a pregnant woman was brutally beaten because she was wearing a scarf on her head. This event took place in Sedan, where 4 men ripped her scarf and smashed her face into car window. This show the peak of cruelty and no one deserves to be treated like that. [3]

“Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.” ― Maya Angelou 

            The conclusion towards this problem is that people need to get more involve in social activities out side their inner circle. So, they can understand the world and people living in it. People need to start researching on there own, and not only listen to what media have to say, and search for solid evidence before accusing someone for anything. So, they can have there own point of view regarding any topic.

Try to understand men. If you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and almost always leads to love.” ― John Steinbeck.

Sources:

[1] Www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stereotype

[2] Www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/11/26/gap-ad-featuring-an-indian-model-goes-viral-after-racist-vandalism.html

[3] Www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/14/people-fight-against-hate_n_4571211.html

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