The title of the show, Everybody Hates Chris parodies the CBS sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. The American sitcom is inspired by the experiences of comedian Chris Rock (who is also the narrator). Set in the 1980s, the show revolves around Chris’ everyday life as a teenager. Chris attends an all-white school in Brooklyn Beach, where students and teachers pick on him. If things seem to progress favorably for Chris throughout an episode, predictably, they will almost certainly backfire on him in the end. And if a situation isn’t going Chris’ way, it always manages to go downhill and get even worse for him, whether or not he tries to change the course of events.
Attending an all-white school, Chris was picked on mercilessly, as shown above. Just because Chris was the only Black boy in school, Caruso saw that as a valid reason to bully Chris. Caruso was not the only one picking on Chris. Surprisingly, his teacher Ms. Morello seemed to unknowingly pick on Chris due to her oblivion and misjudgment of Blacks. Ms. Morello obviously stereotypes Blacks as ‘poor kids that have over 15 half-siblings who are looked after by a single mother who is trying to keep away and be sober from “the Black’s vices” of alcohol, cigarettes and drugs’, as I paraphrase Ms. Morello in the gist of video as below.
Stereotypes are generalized beliefs by which we make sense of the world around us, regardless of context or accuracy. This defines how Ms. Morello was behaving towards Chris with her stereotypical generalization and condescending mentality of Blacks. Chris Rock develops his show as a comedy and displays how racial discrimination among the Whites towards the Blacks exist. The video as below from a scene in Everybody Hates Chris represents an example of racial discrimination:
All in all, anyone who make up the majority or minority can be prejudiced against another race, gender or religion; among other aspects. In my opinion, I think that no matter how liberal one feels or thinks, they are still prejudiced to a certain degree. (E.g Male Chauvinist Pigs vs Feminists, or simply distastefully judging the influx of foreigners working in your homeland as a negative interpretation). These are the results of attitudinal barriers to intercultural communication through stereotyping and prejudice.
So, what are your views?