By: Courtney Velho & Giuliana D'Inda


Past and modern day society have all experienced different kinds of intolerance. Between people being racist, sexist, or homophobes there are always different ways for people to act intolerant. Intolerance is the unwillingness to accept views, beliefs, or behaviors that differ from one's own.

2013 Intolerance

Intolerance against gays is one of the biggest examples. In 2013, 53% of Americans were for same-sex marriage making it the all time high, although intolerance against gays was still raging fewer people oppose same-sex marriage. Once the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy was established, it changed the way that people in the military could serve. People in the military could not be openly gay and serve because their presence would "create an unacceptable risk to the high standard of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion that are the essence of military capability" (Maintain military gay ban). In 2011, Obama repealed the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. Another example of gay intolerance in 2013 is adoption. Gay adoption is only legal in 14 countries and some other small territories. People who disagree with LGBT Adoption believe that same-sex couples don't have the same ability as straight couples to give a nurturing home. But studies show that your parent's sexual preferences don't influence your preferences. In the United States, many people have tried to stop the adoptions. But the courts take in effect the well-being of the child and that settles the policy. In general, there is a lot of intolerance against gay marriage. 18 out of the 50 states accept gay marriage, New Hampshire being one of them.

Another type of intolerance can be in the form of religion. Many people in 2013 were against different religions because of terrorist attacks that have happened in the past. Examples of attacks would be 9/11 and the Boston Marathon Bombing. "9/11 was an attack where two planes were planned to hit the twin towers in the World Trade Center in New York City. Another plane crashed into the Pentagon just near Washington D.C and a fourth crashed into a field in Pennsylvania" (9/11 Attacks). The Boston Bombing happened on April 15, 2013. "Dzhokhor and Tamerlan Tsarneav placed two pressure cooker bombs at the finish line in backpacks. As a result of the bomb's detonation, 264 people were injured and 3 innocent people were killed" (Boston Marathon Bombings). Many people only believe that their religion is the only way to go.

Another type of intolerance that appeared in 2013, was intolerance against those with tattoos. When many people look at people with tattoos, they instantly paint a bad reputation on that person. Many people believe that those with tattoos are bad or rebels. Companies are often against hiring people with tattoos because they come off as professional. "There has been a rise in the number of laser tattoo removals because adults are having career issues. Tolerance for tattoos are often in new, younger industries where old industries are more against those with tattoos" (BostonInno).

Background of 1930's attitude

Slavery was abolished in 1865 but people still continued to be against blacks having the same rights as whites. For most people, they were brought up in a time period where whites are considered superior. That was what they were taught at such a young age so they didn't think anything of it.

1930 Intolerance

Racism was a major issue in the 1930's. Blacks were considered to be less important than the whites in communities. Discrimination happened mostly in the Southern parts of America, everywhere that you went there was segregation. There were separate schools for blacks and for whites. There were even different water fountains. The whites' property was usually higher quality than those of the blacks. Whites often treated blacks like dirt. Blacks did not get anywhere near the same rights as the white people. By the end of the 1900's most thing that were segregated became available to both races. Thing such as Brown v. Board of education made this possible. In the book, To Kill A Mockingbird Tom Robinson didn't go under a fair trial. The whole jury was made up of white men who opposed black people, thus resulting in the Tom Robinson losing his case and getting sent to prison where he would later get shot.

"In 1938 Adolf Hitler tried creating an Aryan race and this proceeded to the murders of thousands of Jews" (World War II: The Holocaust). The Aryan race was conceived as the perfect race and Hitler believed that Jewish people did not fall under that category. Jewish people from all over Germany and surrounding countries were sent to concentration camps where they would preform hard labor and most would be executed. Jewish people around the countries were forced to wear the Star Of David upon their shirts so people would know that they were Jewish. Many Jewish people fled to other countries so save their lives and to honor their religion. Due to the intolerant acts of Adolf Hitler hundreds of thousands of innocent people were brutally murdered just for being different. This goes right back to the definition of intolerance, not accepting views or beliefs that differ from ones own, that is exactly what Adolf Hitler did, he did not accept their religion as being good. Intolerant acts have been around since the beginning of civilization and I believe it will end with civilization.


Why do people stereotype? How can you change stereotyping?

People have always stereotyped for example people gender stereotype, racial stereotype and cultural stereotype. Though stereotyping may not always come off as bad many times it hurts peoples self esteem.

Cultural stereotyping consists of things such as "Americans are obese" or "All English people have bad teeth" Stereo typing hurts peoples self esteem because if they were English and did have bad teeth they would feel as if they fall under that generalized idea. Gender stereotyping is common among school children. Gender stereotyping says that just because you are a boy you cannot like the color pink or just because you are a girl your favorite sport can be football and you can't skateboard. Gender stereotyping generally leads to bullying in school, as you read in the article kids can get bullied for not "sticking to their gender". Boys in particular are picked on for not being "manly" and this can lead to kids that are gay not coming out of the closet because they feel intimidated by others. Racial stereotyping can consist of people saying things such as "Black people jump faster" or " All Muslims are terrorist" As people we generalize things to be aware for something that will happen next time. (Stereotype Examples)

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