Stereotyping, Discrimination And Prejudice In The Media

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The movie that I have chosen to watch for this particular bonus assignment is called "The Freedom Writers". The movie is about a new teacher and the challenges that she faces in order to make the students in her English class, who come from different ethnics backgrounds and who most hate each other, get along. And, of course, by the end of the movie, she is successful in doing so.Racism played a major role in this movie, seen as a negative aspect in the children's attitudes and mentalities. Racism is defined as negative behaviour on an incorrect assumption that one race is inherently superior to others. This is one of the many forms of discrimination which is defined as unfair actions directed against people based on their race, gender, ethnicity, nationality, language, faith, or sexual orientation. Throughout the movie, there are many examples of racism. Basically, the students going to that high school come from different background, and therefore, at high school, they create separate "tribes". Such tribes where "south of the boarder - Latinos", "little Cambodia", "the ghetto", "Wonder bread Land", and others that were not mentioned. All of these "tribes" believed that their race is superior to the "other", and if that "other" particular race would not exist, their life would be much better. From this, many problems leading to violence, and even crime, aroused. Many students went to boot camps, or jail for youths, and lost a lot of their friends because of gang related activities. In addition to this, in the movie it was mentioned that in Long Beach, the place where the action takes place, it all comes down to what you look like; Latino, Asian, Black, etc. They are so buried in their hatred towards each other, that it is likely to get shot anytime you walk out of your door. The students fight each other for territory, kill each other over race, pride and respect.Prejudice is seen in the movie as well. Prejudice is defined as a set of opinions, attitudes, and feelings that unfairly cast a group and its members in a negative light, without legitimate reasons. In a way, prejudice is tied to stereotype. On the other hand, stereotypes is more a false or generalized belief about a group of people that result in categorizing members without regard for individual reference. One example of a combination between prejudice and stereotype in this movie is when Eva, one of the students in room 203, says to her teacher, that she hates her because she is white. The reason she gives for hating on white people is that she knows what they can do. This is based on the experiences from her past, when some white cops arrested her father, even though he was an innocent man. In my opinion, she is wrong to generalize the entire white species of humans, according to a couple of police men. This is an example of over discrimination, because it is open and obvious. More precisely, it is at the first level of discrimination which is antilocution. In this stage, it is...

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