Legal System Case Study

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Legal systems are hard to keep impartial and fair because of all the people involved. Everyone comes from a different background therefore has their own biases and prejudices that they have picked up along the way from family, friends, culture and experiences. No legal system will ever be perfect because biases are the foundation of how we view the world so they can never be eliminated completely, but we should do as much as possible to to reduce and correct the problems the legal system encounters because of personal biases, prejudices, stereotypes and social influences. In order to set up a legal system in a proactive way to fight against prejudices and social influences, the current legal system’s errors and biases must be recognized, understand…show more content…
Stereotypes are beliefs and cognitive frameworks that influence the way people think about something, or someone. Stereotypes connect traits and characteristics with someone even though it is ludicrous or has no supporting evidence. Media, television shows and culture has promoted a variety of stereotypes that effect people’s view of different races, sexual orientation, religions, age, socioeconomic status (SES) and much more. This makes being impartial in court a lot harder because of all the underlying assumptions and biases that people don’t even know they have against certain groups, people and…show more content…
Having lived in Indonesia, a very highly populated Muslim country, for eight years and then moving back to America, I have heard so many stereotypes of Muslims and most of them are not true but yet they are so deeply ingrained in peoples minds because of what people in America have seen on the news and in movies. The radical, extremist view of Muslims that blows up people and kills every Christian in sight does not reflect the majority of Muslims across the world. Muslims have their extremists, just like every other religion, but, sadly, that is the most common thing that people see on the news. The average Muslim is committed to their Koran, try their hardest to do good things and they live a normal life of peace that they are instructed to. Stereotyping isn’t just in America though, it’s a problem around the world; Indonesians do the same thing with Christians in America. They only see the news of extremists hating people, manipulating the churches money or threatening to burn the Koran. They don’t see the normal Christian lifestyles that is supposed to be focused on loving God, loving others and loving the Bible. Normal lives aren’t normally portrayed in movies or seen on the news, only the blown up things that are interesting or offensive. If people around the

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