The difference between people, whether it is their race, their ethnicity, their color, whatever the case may be, people have the tendency to just “categorize” them into whichever group they think would fit people best. Without asking, without research, people just assume. We all vary and we all have different backgrounds, but we have very specific backgrounds that not everyone will pay attention to or seem to care about. From the activity on PBS, they show how previously in the U.S. people were put into groups based solely on how they looked. If they looked Asian, or Black, or White, they were just put into a group if they looked like they fit into it, even if it was wrong. This really seemed illogical to me and even opened my eyes a bit. To think that people actually had no intention of finding out who a person was or is doesn’t seem right. When we look back in history, we can at least say that people have grown and have realized that this was not an ideal way to figuring out who people are.
If someone were to ask me to look at someone and figure out what race and ethnicity that person is, I could be completely wrong because people don’t look like how they should. We base on descriptions of people from the past, but what we have learned is that people are constantly changing. People are mixing, no one looks exactly the same as people from thousands of years ago. Each individual is unique and therefore have completely different looks and variations. The constant stereotyping and “grouping” that occurs today, needs to stop but it has definitely gotten better since the past. We say what we see, but sometimes what we see isn’t what it looks like. Looks do not determine who a person is, it is their culture and their roots. We see one thing, but we don’t look hard enough to see that true person.
Based on the PBS video, genetically, we are all very identical to each other. Our genes are similar to each other, we just vary racially. Sizes of people’s heads, eye shapes, hair color, were all measured to out how we all differ. All of these studies have just shown are that everyone has a head, everyone has two ears, one nose, etc. Unfortunately, this is what people fail to see and instead they look at color and size and shape. This causes people to act socially different towards certain people and furthermore, segregation to form. People were being compared and judged and sometimes even blamed for social problems that occurred. Even I have caught myself acting differently towards those of a color other than my own. People may feel more comfortable with people of their own kind, but they may also feel threatened by people that are not like them. This would result in the negative reactions from certain people, which we have already seen in the past.
Was Michael Brown significantly known as a person to others, or was he only recognized after the shooting?
Has the amount of shootings decreased since 2014, particularly for African Americans?