Active Bias Embedded within Today's Society

Park, Madison, and Eliott C. McLaughlin. “North Carolina Repeals 'Bathroom Bill'.” CNN, Cable News Network, 30 Mar. 2017, www.cnn.com/2017/03/30/politics/north-carolina-hb2-agreement/index.html.

This CNN article by Jason Hanna, Madison Park and Eliott C. McLaughlin discusses the changes to the controversial HB2 law (bathroom law), which forced individuals in government-run facilities to go to the bathroom in their assigned gender in North Carolina. While Gov. Roy Cooper, who signed off on the repeal, noted that the new law was “not a perfect deal, and it is not my preferred solution”, that it was a step in the right direction. GLAAD and other LGBT groups were upset and stated they felt that the new law only countered parts of HB2 and failed to protect transgendered people from discrimination.

This article is a prime example of the unjust prejudice and bias that is still prevalent in today’s modern society. While it is indeed a step in the right direction, the laws passed do not address the ongoing issue of discrimination. In today’s day and age there should be by-laws to protect individuals of any gender spectrum.

Neel, Joe. “Poll: Most Americans Think Their Own Group Faces Discrimination.” NPR, NPR, 24 Oct. 2017, www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/10/24/559116373/poll-most-americans-think-their-own-group-faces-discrimination.

Joe Neel’s piece talks on the status of majority and minorities in America, and the statistics of how minorities, specifically African-American individuals, feel prejudiced and discriminated against in American society. The stats given show that since arriving in America, African-Americans have felt high levels of discrimination in interacting with the police, buying a house, voting, and other common actions of the average American. The information also showed that reports of discrimination were much higher in majority-black areas than in non-majority black areas. The stats also go into detail on bias in pay-grade, opportunity and environment.

This article is very educational as while these stats may not directly co-relate to the levels of discrimination, but it does give insight to how the African-American population may feel in regard to how they are treated by the rest of the populace. The amount of discrimination and bias are still at a high level especially in American mediums, and is proof of how bias is embedded in society.