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I don’t know how to handle this Communications question and need guidance.

By Sunday night at 11:59pm, please reply to as least two of your peer’s posts. Each reply must be at least 100 words. In each reply, please do at least one of the following:

1. Note something you have in common with your peer

2. Share some feedback in response to their thoughts or feelings about their post.

Classmate 1 :

Each photograph gave an idea of what he was “like” as he described it. just by looking at the pictures and knowing the information given you are going to think that it is that way that he described himself as. People tend to go by what one says about themselves even if they are not true. Each photograph has a different view of him and how he is in the certain picture. As each picture was taken, the guy told everyone different things about himself. Everyone pictured him as brave, they all wanted to see an image of him.

I feel like just by seeing someone we have perceptions that they are bad people or nice people. Not everything you see or people tell you about is true and that is what I find as a huge mistake because we do not really now a person just by seeing them or being told about them. WE have to get to know the person a bit more to actually see who they really are instead of having perceptions of them.

We can improve self- perception by avoiding reliance on rigid schemata, thinking critically about socializing institutions and all those things. We tend to ignore several things and make ideas of things but in reality it is who we have to really see and how to get to know a person much more instead of making ideas about a person and all that.

Classmate 2 :

I really enjoyed the short video and the article this week and I love that we are talking more and more about these issues. In the video when the photographers were given an idea of the man they atomically started thinking of ways they could portray that side of him in their photos. Weather is was by making him look like a brave ex prisoner, a fisherman or someone who had acquired wealth. The point is that they each had an idea of what that person looked like in their head and they tried to match that vision in their photo. This is kinda what we do in our every day lives. We have a vision of what each person should look like, how they should act and so forth….we stereotype. We assume that if someone was a self made millionaire we should be intimidated by them or if someone was in prison we should be a little weary of them ect.

I am not really sure what inaccurate perceptions people have about me specifically but I do know that many people tend to believe that everyone who is white is prejudice. Like the article states…everyone does have some form of prejudice in them. We cannot help the way we are raised or the things we hear from our friends or peers or even in the media but it is our choice to move past those prejudice thoughts and act in the right way. And most importantly it is our job, as adults and parents, to make sure our younger generation does not grow up with those same ideals. In my opinion the best way to limit our biased is to actually invest time in learning about every culture. The more we understand their history the more understanding we can become. Its not our job to judge their beliefs. We are a military family and my oldest son went to school mostly on military installations. The pledge of allegiance was a big deal, understandable so. When he got to a public high school he could not understand, for the life of him, why some kids did not stand for the pledge. I told him instead of coming home mad about it every day that he should ask them. He finally did and they explained their reasoning and that is was because of their religion. While he didn’t agree with it at least he understood where they were coming from and why they made their decision. We have to take time to invest in the “story” of others so that we can be more understanding and stop judging.