Collective Identity

Indian Muslims offer last Friday pray of the holy month of Ramad
Indian Muslims offer last Friday pray of the holy month of Ramadan, in Kolkata, India, Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. Muslims throughout the world are marking the month of Ramadan, the holiest month in Islamic calendar during which devotees fast from dawn till dusk. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)


Are different groups of people treated differently?

No doubt  that people who are distinct from the rest are and will be treated differently. In our book The Outsiders by S.E Hinton we observe two groups of people have feuds because of their economic status. This is one of many scenarios which lead to racist ideologies which are formed towards a certain group of people. Some examples which lead to similar scenarios are faith, race, nationality, and finally there economic status.

Faith has played a big role all throughout history and it still affects our opinions today. After 9/11 the Muslim minority in the U.S.A was persecuted because of stereotypical ideologies which were created by the recent acts of violence by  a terrorist group. Another example are the crusades, during 1095 – 1291 a series of military campaigns were taken up against any  other faith which was not Christian. Throughout our past faith has caused millions of deaths, faith was and still is a weapon which can be wielded in many evil manners.

Besides faith, race has caused many people to develop racist opinions and ideologies towards one or many racial groups. Around 200 years ago owning a black person was legal and seen as a sign of wealth the term for this was slavery. Now in the twenty first century owing any person is totally illegal in any place of the world. That doesn’t mean hate has stopped. On the contrary hate towards certain races has augmented, for example the hate towards Muslim people has grown exponentially. The amount of people who commit hate crimes in the US towards Muslims is 5 times greater according to the Washington Post. As we progress we are able to witness mis-informed and forced on thoughts about a certain group of people. Race always affected our opinions and decisions and they seem to still be affecting them. 

Have you ever wondered why certain people just don’t like you or even hate you? Well it might be because of where you are from.  Here in Panama hatred towards Americans who lived in the Canal Zone.  These opinions and stereotypes are formed when one or more countries take some kind of action which degrades the life of people inside the host country.  It ends with resentment which can last for decades. A term used to describes Americans and to degrade their moral was Gringo. (green go) Referring to the green uniform that the US soldiers wear. The ill will carried towards certain nation inhibits political relationships, as long as countries exist so will nationality.  

Money, life is all about money. In our book The Outsiders by S. E Hinton we catch glimpses of how different  social groups have it out on each other. A Greaser was a poor person which exhibits vulgar behavior and language. They were heavily stereotyped because of the economic status.While a social was a rich and important to society. Tensions grow can grow between classes due to unfair payrolls.  Another reason is that the law doesn’t support people which are poor in favor of the rich. All these reasons lead to stereotypes and segregation between classes. These are only some reasons why people segregate ourselves from others. 

By: Ignacio Benito



One Comment Add yours

  1. Jenny2156 says:

    Over all, I liked your entry because it includes world wide information and it makes since. I also liked that you found information about the past from the 1000s. One thing I would suggest, is when you write, you should write as if the readers haven’t seen the question so it makes since.


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