Stereotypes and Logic
PHI 103: Informal Logic
November 21, 2011
Stereotyping is a major issue in the world. We see it in our everyday lives and some of us are guilty of stereotyping or being stereotyped. People accuse the police of racial profiling and now in today’s world it is used to decide who is a terrorist. Even those in the military are stereotyped, both in good and bad ways. Another group of people that are stereotyped are the obese. Stereotyping is not a good idea even though one person or group acts in a certain manor; it doesn’t mean that everyone does.
When people accuse the police of racial profiling, they feel that the world is out to get them. I have known police officers not to necessarily profile the people, but the vehicle’s they operate. If an older model vehicle is in an upper class neighborhood it would be more likely that the police will watch for the driver to make a mistake in order to pull them over, and the same can be said about a newer model vehicles that doesn’t fit in a lower class neighborhood. In the law enforcement world stereotyping is used as a tool, but they call it profiling. It is can be seen every day on television whether it is on the news or on crime dramas, such as Criminal Minds or NCIS. When it comes to profiling it is based on statistics and case studies of what type of person is most likely to commit a crime. People of Middle Eastern decent have been racially stereotyped even more so after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Not everyone is a terrorist some may be against America, but they will not act on it is the few that make it worse for the others.
There are several mistakes when it comes to racial profiling; however most of the time it could be considered as the hasty generalization fallacy; just because one person or group of an ethnic background does something then everyone must act that way. The text defined a hasty generalization fallacy...