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Racist attitudes and beliefs are a mixture of misinformation and ignorance which is imposed upon young people through a painful process of social conditioning" (Sherover-Marcuse, 2000). Thus, the adults and leaders of society need to take a long hard look at themselves and any bias and bigotry which might exist as a result of their own personal prejudices. These things, if left unexamined, will be passed on to the next generation. Some people argue that "everyone has a choice" but when it comes to children growing up in bigoted households, these children really don't have a choice. Children for the most part, absorb what is told to them as they don't have the critical thinking skills to question this type of information.
This puts an even more aggravated burden on educators and community leaders to combat hate with education and preventative measures-such as teaching tolerance. Furthermore, another factor which breeds racism is misinformation. Misinformation does a grave disservice to all people as it distorts one's perceptions of reality and what is valid.
Module Two: Functionalism and Ways of Acting Wrongly
I've always viewed functionalism as a theory about mental states. "According to functionalism, mental states are identified by what they do rather than by what they are made of. This can be understood by thinking about artifacts like mousetraps and keys. In particular, the original motivation for functionalism comes from the helpful comparison of minds with computers. But that is only an analogy" (utm.edu). As we discussed functionalism in class, we focused upon the way that functionalism can manifest properly and improperly in society and how functionalism has a part in proper etiquette. One of the most common examples that was brought up in class was the phenomenon of "close talking." We discussed how simply speaking to someone while standing too close to their face could be considered rude and inappropriate. This is fascinating, as technically, the close talker isn't doing anything wrong; this person is just crossing or ignoring a slight boundary. When children cross or ignore certain boundaries or norms of society, we often say that such an event is cute or find it charming. However, there appears to be a lower threshold of tolerance for such things…[continue]
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