Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination
American citizens are extremely fortunate to live in a democracy, and more specifically, a society that upholds egalitarian and meritocratic ideals. Americans have fought wars and faced internal struggles in order to establish this system and champion these values. Within the past two centuries, this nation has abolished slavery, given women the right to vote, and desegregated schools. In more recent years, the movement toward equal opportunity has been advanced even further; public and private schools have increased financial support for economically disadvantaged scholars, and affirmative action programs have been developed as yet another means of combating inequities. It would seem that as a society, the United States is moving toward the moral ideal of equality for one and all.
KeywordsAffirmative Action Stereotype Threat Moral Ideal Negative Stereotype Intergroup Contact
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