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Racism, Ideology, Principles, And Progress Essay

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In the book Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose, some of the jurors were racist in their interpretation of the case. “Racism springs from ignorance.” (Mario Balotelli), the jurors were stuck in an ideology that every person from that particular race was guilty and dangerous. People tend to get trapped in certain beliefs and they tune-out everyone else’s views and ideas; therefore they are oblivious to the real world. Ideology corrupts the mind when society ignores other people’s ideas, thoughts, and actions, hence they are convinced their way is the right way and everyone else’s beliefs do not matter. This mind set leads to emotions such as racism, contentiousness, blitheness, and an askew ...view middle of the document...

Racism perverts logic and reasoning, thus altering opinion on topics.
Past experiences are a component which misconstrues reality. Juror #3 said; “Yeah, well I've got (a kid). He's twenty. We did everything for that boy, and what happened? When he was nine he ran away from a fight. I saw him. I was so ashamed I almost threw up. So I told him right out. "I'm gonna make a man outa your or I'm gonna bust you in half trying." Well, I made a man outa him all right. When he was sixteen we had a battle. He hit me in the face. He's big, y'know. I haven't seen him in two years. Rotten kid. You work your heart out...[He breaks off. He has said more than he intended. He is embarrassed.] All right. Let's get on with it.” (Rose 18) . The juror explained his past experiences with his own son witch engraved a false representation of kids; he associates all kids with his son which creates a false ideology for himself. It is important to separate ideology from reality; once this is achieved it is easier to see the world accurately.
Principles influence expectations. Ethics are subjective to a person’s upbringing, politics, and integrity. In the book, juror #7 changes his vote to speed up the...

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