Redrawing Lines of Understanding

Redrawing Lines of Understanding in America
Daryl L. White
    PHI103: Informal Logic
          Dr. Pamela Klem
          March 26, 2012

  Redrawing Lines of Understanding in America
      If you are in the age group of fifty and below, it is probably safe to assume that we all belong to generations that were taught tolerance and acceptance. While these lessons may be different in each generation, each has had to overcome prejudiced views of any particular group of people. During the 1960’s America came into a moment of trials, in which we began to deal with racial segregation and its wrongs; during this time of troubles both whites and blacks were faced with stereotypes of each other that still linger today. While latter generations as a whole dealt with different hasty generalizations on its own, the lingering misunderstandings of each different ethnic group and its own cultures still brood among us. Realizing this I self-reflected on my own quick judgment of people who are different from me. Pointing out such things as guys with long hair, people wearing baggy clothes, jobless people, and extreme liberals; why did I have detest them or have these preconceived notions about them? Are these ideas I have factual or are they based on my own fallacious thoughts?
        We can all think of some drawn conclusion we have arrived at based on someone’s appearance, demeanor or attainment in life. It is human nature, our way of categorizing things to make sense of our world; we receive information, compare it to known knowledge we have and come to a conclusion for what we see. More often than not these conclusions are based on little and inaccurate information that lead us to stereotyping individuals. My own fallacious thought of people with long hair stems from being told that men with long hair were lazy, “pot” smoking hippies, and wouldn’t amount to anything. I held this belief for a long time, choosing to not associate with guys with long...