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Living on a diverse planet we are subjected to people of different race sex religion and political view Everyone is different and unique which makes respecting diversity an important issue in todays society Unfortunately it seems as if the world has turned a blind eye towards this issue Everyday there are countless acts of racism sexism and religious persecution being committed Simple hate crimes from fights and slurs to extreme wars and riots are fought with many lives lost because difference in looks Though I myself have not experienced harsh words or actions towards me about these things I have noticed a growing trend of disrespect for diversity in the media The public has somehow grown lenient to showing disrespect for diversity Every time I turn on the television I always hear some type of racial sexual or religious comment that is offensive While I am not offended myself there are many people who take it to heart The perception I think is best defined in the statement made by Ralph Ellison from his novel The Invisible man when he said I am a man of substance of flesh and bone fiber and liquids and I might even be said to possess a mind I am invisible understand simply because people refuse to see me Sexist remarks racial and religious jokes all are commonly delivered throughout the course of a primetime half hour sketch Although many people are able to recognize the lines as jokes there are ubiquitously those who think children can be easily influenced by these shows ABC underwent a lot of pressure recently for continuing to show Ellen the comedy about a middle-class lesbian They received many letters from people who deemed the show inappropriate suggesting that it promoted homosexuality Many religious groups who condone homosexuality boycotted the show and its promoter Disney Unexpectedly the daily news is a constant reminder and promoter of the disrespect for diversity in
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