Erving Goffman defined stigma as ‘the process by which the reaction of others spoils normal identity’. This social idea of Stigma is a topic that needs to be discussed a lot more in our society. When placing a stigma for instance on a race or religion it sets the ground for future generations to think and act the same way towards the group or individual. One example that can be used is the religion of Islam. Unfortunately, many have already thought about their own ideas towards the religion, just by seeing or hearing the wrong things. In my opinion the religion of Islam in our society has been portrayed in a bad way and its neither fair or right. Many won’t even give the time a day to a person that is an observant muslim, just because of what the social norms in our country at these times are depicting. The problem is that it’s very hard to break the shell once the Stigma has fully taken over. Even if someone has nothing against the group or individual, they would rather not deal with it because of others and social norms at that time. We need to better educate the younger generation, including myself to learn about the group rather than hearing what people think.
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