Negativeracial stereotyping have adverse effects on victims even long after the victim leaves the situation where they experienced negativestereotypes since the effects of dealing with that state of affairsstay put. Individuals are more prone to be belligerent following aracial prejudice at a given state (Chung 2014). They are moreprobable to show signs of a lack of self control and havedifficulties trouble making good, rational decisions.
Socialmedia and technology acts as socialization agents. People especiallychildren tend to believe everything they see on TV. People takestereotypes from book and films as true and tend to apply them. Thereis a great deal of resemblance between racial stereotypes expressedin movies as well as in real life. The resemblance can be attributedto the fact that most of the stereotypes portrayed in movies arederived from real life experiences even though sometimes they arehighly exaggerated. Negative stereotyping lessens victimsdehumanizing them and sometimes can act of anger thus reinforcing thestereotype (Thorkildsen & Walberg, 2004).
Nevertheless,not every racial stereotype is negative. There are some constructiveracial stereotypes that help boost an individual’s self esteem.However, such set high standards for the said individual meaning theywill be disappointed if they fail to reach the expected standard asper the stereotype. Additionally, positive stereotyping have theability to reduce an individual’s ability to perform due to theexpectations tied to it.
Inconclusion, the lingering effects of racial stereotyping injurepeople in an extremely actual way, leaving them vulnerable and at adisadvantage. Even when many hurdles are eliminated from aprejudicial situation, individuals still carry around this luggagethat unconstructively impacts their lives and erodes some sense ofindividuality.
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