Evidence of Sterotyping and Racial Profiling in the World Essay

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Statement of Topic I chose to use the racism as the social event to base this essay on because racism is still a strong factor in our social climate today. As evidenced in an article from the Daily News in October, a young Black male, Trayon Christian, was arrested at a high-end department store, Barney’s, in New York City for purchasing a $349.00 belt. The article indicates that Trayon was accused of using a fake debit card to purchase the belt. Trayon claims that he was saving up paycheck to paycheck in order to purchase the belt and was racially profiled by the salespeople. He filed a lawsuit claiming that the New York City Police detained him because they couldn’t believe he could possibly afford such an expensive belt. This is …show more content…
• All human behavior is learned by the same principles: association of environmental stimuli, reinforcement, imitation, and personal expectations and meaning.
• All human problems can be formulated as undesirable behavior.
• Al behavior can be defined and changed (Hutchinson, 2013, p. 62).
Human behavior is learned and, therefore, can be unlearned. Russian physiologist, Ivan Pavlov, discovered classical conditioning theory where behavior is learned through association between an environmental stimulus and a naturally occurring stimulus. Pavlov showed that dogs naturally salivate (unconditioned response) in response to meat powder on the tongue (unconditioned stimulus). Then he used a ringing bell (conditioned stimulus) and found that the dogs salivated (conditioned response) (Hutchinson, 2013, p. 63). In this case, discrimination is the ability to differentiate between the conditioned stimulus and other stimuli. So it was assumed by the salesperson that this male couldn’t afford the $350 belt. There was a premonition that he wouldn’t be able to make this purchase because of his age, color, or the way he looked. Generally, when you go into a store to purchase something, the salespeople do not turn customers away. In this case, the salesperson thought it was impossible for him to afford the belt where the police had to be called. The salesperson was

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