SELF IN SOCIETY
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From: Jim Leonard
Date: 01 Dec 1999
Remote Name: 18.104.22.168
I think Cluade is using the better explanation by "stereotype threat." To me it seems that minorities are being exploited against for a lot of reasons. The whole theory of "one bad apple ruins the whole bushel", is kind of the way I look at it. Seeing the way that one person acts can cause the observing individual to stereotype everyone whose in that same minority, to be just as bad. Being in my internship with the Plattsburgh P.D. I have witnessed and actually found myself to sometimes fall victim to this disease. It is especially hard for a police officer not to develope stereotypes since he/she is dealing with certain people on a day to day basis, for only negative reasons. I have seen many minorities that don't care about the welfare fraud they are commiting and continue to live off the Gov't. Some of the stereotyped minorities who are poor and exploited do it to themselves as far as I am concerned, however, there are some who are not. I will not deny there are people out there that are trying to make it in the real world and may have a difficult situation where they need aid. But, the majority commits crimes and with whatever money they do have they tend to buy cigarettes and beer.