In the article by Naber (2008) ‘Look Mohammed the terrorist is coming' she describes the way the Arabs, Muslims and Middle Eastern citizens in Diaspora are looked at in America where everyone is chastised and seen as a suspect terrorist. For example, after September 11th attack, President George. W. Bush declared war against terrorism and asked the whole nation to be on the lookout. Male individuals with Arab origin were always suspected and interrogated by the state police and occasionally, the Muslim women who wore their hijab were looked at suspiciously because of the perceptions put across that this was a war between the Muslims, Arabs and Middle Eastern (Casmir 1994). The President of France for example recently banned the covering of faces among the Muslim women, and a fine was in place to discourage these women from covering their faces. This is an outright attack on the Muslim femininity and even though there were huge protests that were in vain, the Muslim women are now forced to stay at home than go ahead and look down on their beliefs.
The history of the blacks comes down from when slave trade began during the industrialization years of the American economy. The Compton cook out created by UCSD fraternity serves as an occasion that is looked at as a reminder to the black American male on the hard labor put by their forefathers and the enslavement of women and forceful sexual trade (Flew 2004). The average African American male today brought up in the east side where there is no good housing and community service is seen as a gang member and probably likely to engage in illegal activities such as drugs distribution.
This has always been the notion and even among the blacks they feel that indeed they are described as aggressive and dangerous. The case file that arose last year in the news of an African American teenager who was standing in front of a white male's shop and later on he sees the police coming towards him with a dog and he starts running and in the process gets bitten by the dog, is a case in point. It was recorded that the shopkeeper did indeed call the police after seeing the teenager stand outside his shop and when asked if he was innocently standing outside the shop why he ran away, the teenager replied because it was the police.
[...] This has always been the notion and even among the blacks they feel that indeed they are described as aggressive and dangerous. The case file that arose last year in the news of an African American teenager who was standing in front of a white male's shop and later on he sees the police coming towards him with a dog and he starts running and in the process gets bitten by the dog, is a case in point. It was recorded that the shopkeeper did indeed call the police after seeing the teenager stand outside his shop and when asked if he was innocently standing outside the shop why he ran away, the teenager replied because it was the police. [...]
[...] My stand in the determinism versus agency debate is that determinism seems to be of a legitimate argument that things fall in place casually and that everything has an explanation to its cause and effect and it is this explanation that human beings seek to gain the understanding that influences their environment. References Casmir, F.L (1994) Building communication theories: a social/cultural approach, Routledge: USA Flew, A. (2004) Social life and moral judgment, Transaction: New York Gould, J. & Kolb, W. (1964) A dictionary of the social sciences eds. [...]
[...] The self awareness factor makes it easier to blend into the cultural structures of the society. The desire for human beings to understand and later manipulate the environment is what enables people to settle in various social structures (Flew 2004). The strong instinct of survival among its surrounding will always ensure that human beings find ways to overcome the society challenges and enable them to go along with the dominant practices without difficulty. Natural curiosity has also played a lead role to how they negotiate the social aspect because by finding out how things are done and why they are done assist them to blend easily and even assimilate others. [...]
[...] Living among different societies helped also reduce racism because there is a sense of belonging that was mutually created and therefore they could identify with that community because that is where they can feel a sense of belonging. All this falls in line with Eitzen typology of social movements because of the nature of the social change expressed by the people. For example, people were able to have alterative and redemptive social movements which made them aware of their differences and the cause of action among them. In relation to human agency and social change, in my view, man is an adoptable animal and can fit in any society that deems fit for survival. [...]
[...] Cultural representations play a role in increased racial inequality because they inculcate to future generations the past sufferings among the majority race. The history of the black American is well documented and put in archives. Museums are made to keep a constant reminder of what was there and this could lead the new generation to feel a sense of belittlement than pride, hence leading to the thinking that they come from a far inferior race because of their never ending perception of inferiority and discrimination. [...]
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