It is a step back for a society when a person, especially a person with influence uses derogatory words and phrases. We are in the year 2015 and thus far we have created great advances in medicine, technology, space, and much more, but the one thing that still hurts us as a community is the fact that people are still discriminating and generalizing horrible stereotypes onto groups of people. Today, NBC dropped Donald Trump because of the derogatory comments he made about immigrants.
NBC Dropped Donald Trump After Backlash From Hispanic Groups
NBC has said “respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values… due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBC Universal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump.” This severed tie occurred because of pressure from many Hispanic groups and over 215,000 people signing the Change.org petition demanding NBC drop Donald Trump. Even though NBC did severe ties with Donald Trump, the chairman of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, Felix Sanchez, was upset that it took NBC too long to make a decision saying “NBC’s silence of the matter was getting deafening.” Even after NBC dropped Donald Trump, Sanchez said the announcement happened because of social media pressure.
It is important to make sure companies react to situations in a timely manner and make sure the people who are saying negative comments about certain groups of people are reprimanded. That said it is also very important to make sure the media begins to focus on fixing the problem, by talking about how stereotyping groups of people is wrong and fixing the misconceptions some people have about them. The only way this problem can be fixed is by talking and telling the people the truth. Sadly, some people are set in their racist ways and are not willing to listen, but that should not stop the majority from helping them fix their thinking specifically when they say derogatory and racist comments without any hesitation.
That said it is a step in the right direction that NBC dropped Donald Trump to not only send a message to the Hispanic people that they are listening to their concerns, but also to Donald Trump, that they do not agree with what he has said. Donald Trump has most likely made his likelihood to become President very low since he has just made many of the voters upset and angry.
There should be no tolerance for derogatory, racist comments, words or actions in this day and age and it is very important that those people who continue on this path be told they are wrong and be reprimanded. We need to be an accepting society because that is what the United States was supposed to be built upon.