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" In 2001, Clinton was honored as the nation's "first black president" at the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Annual Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C. The only difference between Obama is that none of their family histories were fully acknowledged by others. Even though Obama is half-white, he strongly resembles his Kenyan father. And not only is Obama open about his ancestry, most people acknowledge him as a black man, which is why people identify Obama as the first black president of the United States.

January 13, 2010
In class today we continued to talk about racial stereotypes and how people. We talked about how we can put people in categories even though we don’t even try to. I wrote the following paragraph on a discussing of how I think stereotypes plays a role in society. People form stereotypes even though they don’t even know there doing it. We as people aim to use the least possible energy to cut down the amount of
cognitive effort involved in social perception. We use stereotypes to put people into categories once we have made a stereotype we tend to apply the characteristic to the whole social group. So it is easier to describe a whole social group rather then, describing them as individual as this would make them think more. Stereotype are
activated as soon as we come into contact with a contact with a particular social group, once a stereotype has been formed we have a mental list of there characteristics in which we expect them to behave, if they don’t match up to our characteristic we tend to say they are an exception as it is easier to say they are one of a kind rather then change our perception. In addition to saving on cognitive
effort, stereotype has an important role in the way individual interpret social information. I remember in high school my teacher made us watch movies with white and black people. This video was of two actors arguing leading to one actor shoving the second actor. When it was the black actor shoving the View More »

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