Stereotypes and Racist
I found the essay from the text and the article from the Minnesota Daily very interesting. The two are connected because the media parades many stereotypes that influence the prejudices people have. The surveys that Gerbner took are evidence that the media influences the way people think about society and the world. Unfortunately some people believe what they see on T.V. even though the media uses extreme examples of real life as entertainment. It is hard for people to distinguish between what they see on T.V. and what really goes on in real life. When the majority of women, men, and people of different ethnic groups are constantly being placed in the same stereotypical roll it is no surprise that some people believe that’s how society is in the real world. It is an ignorant view of the world and ignorance leads to prejudice and racism. Ignorance, or a lack of knowledge, is the main force behind prejudice and racism. People think they know everything about another person based on their skin color, sex, sexuality, or age even though they have no idea who that person is or what they are about. They make assumptions based on stereotypes that are all over the media. It just so happens that almost all of these stereotypes are very negative views of certain groups of people. These negative views get ingrained into society and influence how we see people who are different than us. I agree with the author of the Minnesota Daily article, everyone is a racist, whether they want to admit it or not. Being in denial about the fact that we have racist tendencies won’t help solve the problem; the problem needs to be acknowledged first.