Why are people so racist and prejudice, and how can I stop it? two questions that many of us ask. well, the closest I can get to the answer is this:
Ever get that feeling? You know, that feeling? The feeling that life isn't fair or even remotely on your side in any way, shape, or form? Well, that’s that's the reality of racism, the psychological phenomenon that affects millions in many different forms. So... imagine walking down the street one day, then some guys walk up to you, start calling you things that would put a tear in trumps eye, then beat you up. Then the cops come along and arrest you, not your attackers because "you deserved it, because you're Black/Muslim/etc." A lot of black people in the SA (we’re not united at this point) get that treatment. And this does not just extend to black people. It extends to every person who is not this: a Caucasian straight married christian fit male in his 20s/30s. If you don't fit all of those, you are shunned.
Sounds hard, right? Scary part is, it gets even harder when it comes to mental things. I am autistic, and although I myself am not attacked, my kind is. We autistic people are associated with the following things: rage, cancer, babies, and basically immaturity. Many people with autism accomplish great things. You do know one of the first ghostbusters was autistic? And so was Einstein. And newton. Likewise, a lot of other inspirational people came from other ethnic groups. Like Blacks, Asians, Indians, Mexicans, and everything else. To put it simply, no one deserves prejudice and stereotyping. Unless they did something so wrong that is makes people cringe just thinking about it, like do really bad things to other people.
Why do people other? A good reason would be to feel better about themselves, but a better one is one that comes from an official source “Diagnostic labels leave a lot of latitude for inclusion or exclusion. “What is a consequence of autism, what is a “co-morbid condition”? What positive traits are connected to the diagnosis? If they are there, is it coincidental or a consequence of the condition? When we say autism, what exactly is it that we are referencing?” (Soraya). this person is questioning what the negative affects of autism actually are? Honestly, there is no difference, and you can't label people. The many signs of autism are : inappropriate giggling, no real fear of danger, insensitivity to pain, hatred of being touched, uneven skills, avoiding eye contact, preferring to be alone, uses gestures a lot, attachment to objects, insistence on sameness, repeating themselves, no response to sound, spins objects or self, and lastly difficulty with interacting with others.
I experience all of these or did at some point. And I guess the future for those with autism is looking somewhat odd, with people pushing for autistic people getting the degrees they deserve, as well as trying to get autistic people employed. Basically, people are trying to give autistics the treatment they deserve. Scary part is that people often assume everything about people who does not fit the social norm. Even worse is that despite all the evidence that autism is not a disability, just a difference. People often make jokes, freaking jokes, about people outside their precious social norm. People are afraid of what they don't understand. People need to start interacting in an understandable and friendly manner more often! But how can we attain that? It's actually both difficult and simple at the same time, due to the way people look at othering. There are not many ways to bring people to an agreement, but let's look at the happy few, shall we? Well, one way is group therapy. You know, two different “types” of people interact with one another so they can understand each other's thought process. Look at me! I do group therapy every Saturday and i'm doing fine! Another thing that could be done to unite people more is to remind each other about the struggles each race faces, such as slavery and colonization. However, the best way to do this is to get rid of “race walls” (the walls that separate what one race can do and what the other can't) so people of different races will meet more, therefore interacting more in turn. (I am somewhat concerned about racists meeting other races, though). And that's my opinion on racism and othering. I am sure that if we just talk this all out, it will work out fine.
@PsychToday. "Stigma and the." Psychology Today. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Dec. 2016. <https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/aspergers-diary/201204/stigma-and-the-othering-autism >.
also, here's a video that makes this essay truly a roman thing.