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Prejudice And Racial Profiling Essay

1032 words - 4 pages

As I was thinking about the outline for this essay I asked myself if I was really a person to invoke a certain prejudice to certain types of people? And If I was, was it because I had personally acquired this sort of profiling through past experiences, or was it acquired through today’s popular media? Though I do not see myself as a hateful person, I have found that I do, unfairly, judge people by their age, sex and race.

Racial profiling is common in today’s society, from popular comedians to music. I have found that I have prejudice towards most races. Since I was in elementary I have always had black friends, but it wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I acquired a sort of distaste for them. I have thought of blacks as uneducated. I have had many classes in which I have literally passed the class for them, due their inability to not talk to other people or their unwillingness to not show up for class on time or at all. Though everyone gets a little loud and unruly when we are around our friends, it seems to me that blacks have a problem with carrying themselves in a polite manner when in a group.
I have seen them dancing and/or singing, slap boxing, playing craps, etc., all in school. Though it doesn’t really bother me, I have seen other people ask them to kindly settle down and then have been quickly told (yelled) to “go away and mind their business,” but in a more frank and explicit. I have concluded that blacks don’t respect very many people unless they have some sort of authority over them. Though I do have some negative views of blacks, they are not all bad. I, as well as the rest of the world, have found that blacks are the most athletic race. Basketball and football seem to be the sports that are dominated by blacks. Eighty percent of the players in the N.B.A. are blacks, while in the N.F.L. it is seventy percent. I have picked black people over my friends simply due to the possibility that they might be better. Usually prejudices are thought of as negative, my prejudice towards the Asian community seemingly puts them in a favorable spotlight. I always assume that all Asians are academically inclined; I always try to sit next to an Asian person when I have a science or a math class. Though most people will not realize this unless you are friends with Asians, they are incredibly spoiled. Asian parents rarely spare an expense when it comes to their kids. I have heard many stories of Asian parents buying their kids foreign luxury cars and parts for their cars, to paying off their credit cards bills after a shopping spree. Asians appear to possess a very entrepreneurial spirit. A lot of Asian families make their living owning and working in family owned business, mainly, dry cleaners, liquor stores, nail salons and gasoline stations. Although I do express my prejudice for other races, I also have...

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