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TOPIC: Racism at a work place

Racism at a work place 04 May 2012 05:36 #794

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Lately, it's said that discriminating is shameful and we should eliminate discrimination. But still, we can perceive ingrained discrimination.

Looking at clerks working at fast-food chain, we can realize majority of them are hispanic or black(not white). On the contrary, in front of a classy restaurant, there is always a cute girl smiling to us in order to welcome us to the restaurant. Why aren't they
black, hispanic or asian instead of white? Why do we find white cute, handsome, or something better?
One of the reasons I can come up with is hype that is given by the media. Medias always portray white as good.
Watching animation, you can notice that hero(heroine) is always white (for instance Spiderman and X-men), and asian is occasionally characterized as cynical, which give public racial stereotypes.

I think to eliminate actual discrimination, medias need to portray people as it is whatever the race he or she is, and we should not be manipulated by the stereotype that medias make
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Re: Racism at a work place 04 May 2012 14:13 #797

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I agree with you. i think this problem is from stereotype. however, people who are not a White should try to overcome this stereotype. they should prove that human being can success one's life by one's effort regardless of ethnicity.
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Re: Racism at a work place 05 May 2012 23:58 #854

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Racism is a product of ignorance and fear; try to rise above it. Perhaps over time they'll get to know you and realize you're just like everyone else. You could try to confront it with each individual but know that it's risky and may make it worse or just drive it underground.

With that many employees you are protected by civil rights laws about discrimination or hostile workplace; you could consult Human Resources about that but in that homogeneous environment they may not see it the way you do. Another avenue is the federal government in terms of civil rights enforcement; they would be more objective but force may not get the result you desire.
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Re: Racism at a work place 16 May 2012 17:12 #947

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Thats a very good observation. The media plays such a huge part in how the people perceive other people especially in the work place. Do you think it will ever change? Slowly yes but not fully i believe just because as long as media portrays certain races people will usually assume it to be true. Change can be good but takes time to occur... thats life, she likes to take her time but soon she will give in ;)
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Re: Racism at a work place 16 May 2012 21:12 #948

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While I do agree that "Looking at clerks working at fast-food chain, we can realize majority of them are hispanic or black(not white)," I don't agree that "cute girl smiling" in the "classy restaurant" is always white. From my experience working and going to high-end restaurants, I have worked/seen people from all ethnicities.
I think there is one apsect that you forgetting in your observation, it's the social/financial criteria. My point being, that racism or stereotypes are much more visible in poorer environments. When you observe upper middle class and higher classes of society it appears that racism is not as much a problem.
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Racism at a work place 24 Sep 2012 00:11 #1311

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I blame the American media and culture for continuously encouraging acts of discrimination. The media has a tendency to show stories that benefit white people. For example, the Colorado Batman movie shooting a few months back did not portray the culprit as they would a black or hispanic man. Instead they questioned, in one article, why this man would have ever commited such heinous crime. If it were a colored man, they would have immediately condemned him as a street thug who grew up rough, pushing drugs, and getting involved with gangs. This racism pervades in the work place as well because of the strength of the media. For many colored people, they have to fear judgment by their peers as having gotten the job through affirmative action, and not through their own merit. Thus taking away the accomplishments that they have achieved through belittlement of their skin color.
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