Societal Perceptions Scenarios
Scenario 11: A brown skin African American woman was in a store grocery shopping. A man approached the woman and said to the woman you are such a beautiful dark skin woman. Initially the woman’s thought was to say thank you. As the woman was about to walk away, the woman turned around and said, next time, could you simply refer to me as a beautiful woman. The man in this scenario was a dark complexion African American man.
Scenario 19: Neighbors could hear a child crying as she was beaten daily. The child could not go outside or look out of the window. The child had scars, burns, bruises, and welts. She also had a gash from her forehead to her chin. The child was locked in a closet when the caregiver was away from the home. Poor nutrition and circumstances stunted her growth. The child did not know her age. The child’s face was disfigured from being struck with scissors.
Scenario 31: A report was received involving a wealthy Caucasian family. The father was a Caucasian male who managed a hospital. The report was screened in for domestic violence (injurious environment) and improper discipline (no mark or bruise). The father contacted a county official to make contact with the child protective services director to ask that the report is screened out. The report was screened out.
Scenario 41: An African American man proposed to a woman who is Armenian, English, Scottish, and Dutch. The man stated that he is dating the woman because he knows she does not want him for his money. The African American man stated that the woman who is not of African American descent can give him “everything, family, support system, love him without asking me for money, which is really hard for him to find.” The man referred to the woman as “something better” and a “trophy”.
Scenario 42: A black couple was driving in South Carolina. The couple was in an expensive luxury vehicle. The couple was not speeding. The couple was pulled over by a Caucasian male cop in South Carolina. The cop asked both to step out of the car. The cop placed the male in hand cuffs. The cop searched the vehicle with no warrant or permission to conduct a search. The cop called the two African Americans names. The female was afraid to use her cell phone to call for help or report the cop while the incident occurred because she was unsure what the cop would say, what he would do, and if in some way he would kill them and make it appear that they deserved to be killed though they had done nothing. Both African Americans were educated, employed, married, and there were no drugs or weapons in the car. There was no reason to pull the couple over or search their vehicle.
Scenario 43: An African American male was driving home from college. He was traveling in South Carolina. He was pulled over by the police. He was not speeding, he was not intoxicated, and he was not playing loud music. He was traveling home to visit his family on a weekend that he had free from athletic events and exams. He was performing well in college and he was on a basketball scholarship. The male was asked to step out of his vehicle. The police officer talked down to the male and searched his vehicle. The young man was afraid to say no or reach for anything because he did not want to give the police an excuse to shoot him and leave him for dead. The police officer let the young man go after roughing him up and calling him names. A part of the young man’s confidence, self-esteem, and pride was taken on that night. A part of his belief that he is equal to everyone no longer existed. A part of his hope that he would not be a victim of racial profiling or racism died that night. The young man did not share the story with his family for years, but once he shared the story his parents were able to recall the night that he came home and was not acting like himself. The young man stated that he did not get the officer’s badge number or any information from the officer. The young man stated that he was too worried about surviving and making it home than anything else at the time.
Scenario 56: A couple was riding in the car. An argument occurred over a text message from a woman. The man attempted to force the woman out of the car. The man shoved the woman’s head against the window, punched her, bit her, and placed her in a headlock. The two continued dating each other after the incident of domestic violence.
Scenario 68: A family member passed away. Some of the family had not been made aware that a family member passed. One of the family members logged into social media Facebook and saw posts on the relative’s page. The family member immediately began crying and calling relatives asking if the information posted was true. People were posting condolences and prayers on social media before the family had been informed that the relative had passed.
Scenario 75: A man was incarcerated for twelve years. While incarcerated he engaged in sexual acts with men. Once the man was released from jail he no longer had sex with men. The man was never penetrated, he penetrated other men. He does not identify with being homosexual or bisexual. He considers himself to be a heterosexual male.
Scenario 76: A group of professionals were in a training about cultural diversity. During the training a Caucasian woman spoke out about marriage to an African American man. The woman discussed being out at a community event amongst other families. She stated that there were women of privilege and people of various race and ethnicities. She stated that the privileged Caucasian women did not interact with her at the event. She stated that she expected African American women to accept and embrace her being that she was married to an African American man.
Scenario 77: An African American celebrity starred in a successful movie that featured a predominantly African American cast. The movie did extremely well. Though the statements could not have been taken out of context, the actor who is married to a Caucasian woman who is not of African American descent stated that following: “Let’s just say it’s not a stereotype that black women are less submissive and harder to deal with. Being around them black women made me miss my white wife. Somebody will be upset and say I got rich and deserted my female people; no offense, but the only black woman I ever loved is my mother.”
Scenario 78: A group of human service professionals attended a meeting about inclusion. During the meeting race was one of the topics. The group discussed similarities, values, commonalities, and the way they were raised. One of the Caucasian women in the group discussed her parents raising her to love all people and to not see color. The Caucasian woman stated that race was never an issue until she brought an African American man home. The Caucasian woman stated that it was interesting that she was raised to love people, treat people the way she wanted to be treated and not to be racist, but once she brought an African American man home, the rules changed.
Scenario 79: A group of colleagues were having a discussion. The colleagues consisted of African American men, Caucasian women, and African American women. One of the Caucasian women, married to an African American man, discussed the neighborhood they reside being a predominantly Caucasian neighborhood. The woman discussed having a heated verbal disagreement with her husband. The woman stated that she looked at her husband and told him that she would call the police on him. The woman said that she then to the husband, who do you think they will believe?
Scenario 80: A group of colleagues engaged in an activity about privilege. The activity asked various questions. The participants had to move a step ahead or a step behind depending upon the response to the questions. The activity was designed to see how much people had in common regardless of race. At the end of the activity all of the participants were in various locations. Some of them moved ahead, some moved further behind, and a majority of the colleagues ended up at near the same place. At the end of the activity one of a Caucasian women stated, “I was surprised when I saw where I was standing in comparison to others. I expected to be standing further ahead.”
Scenario 92: A student was visiting the United States from another country. The student tuned into a reality television show about preachers. The student stated that preachers in his country do not live that way. The student stated if preachers in the United States drive expensive cars, carry weapons, wear designer clothes, spend excessive amounts of money on jewelry, engage in premarital sex, impregnate women before marriage, practice infidelity, have multiple homes, divorce and remarry multiple times, then he should move to America and become a preacher.
Scenario 94: An African American man married a Caucasian woman. The man wanted to introduce one of his college friends and fraternity members to one of his wife’s friends. The college friend declined the opportunity to meet the wife’s friend. The college friend stated that he has met someone that he is interested in pursuing. The married man asked who. The college friend stated, you will meet her tomorrow. The married man stated to his friend that he hopes she does not have an attitude like the last one he dated. During a social event amongst other professionals, the college friend brought his date, who was an African American woman. After the event, the men got together, watched a football game, and hung out. A conversation began about dating, women, sex, and marriage. The married man stated to his friends, my wife is submissive, she does not talk back, she does not have an attitude, I give her an allowance, I pay the bills, I come and go as I please, and she does not have any complaints. The married man stated, I do not have tolerance for smart mouths and attitudes.
Scenario 111: A pastor of a mega church slept with multiple women in the congregation. The pastor has been divorced and remarried. The pastor has had children with other women while being married. The pastor did not step down from his position. The pastor continually preaches every Sunday to the congregation about sin and forgiveness.
Scenario 113: An individual applied for a job and interviewed. The individual knew one of the hiring managers. The hiring manager requested that the individual was interviewed and the hiring manager hired the individual. There were five other applications who were overqualified for the position and had worked the position for a minimum of five years as well as other positions within the agency. The individual was selected over those individuals though the individual had no qualifications for the job, no experience in the field, and no educational background related to the position.
Scenario 118: A new pair of Jordan shoes was released. Lines wrapped around stores in various cities. People were camping out, standing in line, waiting to spend a ridiculous sum of money on a pair of shoes for children who will outgrow the shoes. Some of the people standing in line had not paid their bills for the month, did not have life insurance, did not have health insurance, but utilized their check to purchase shoes.
Scenario 119: A rhythm and blues artist openly discussed her love for Christ and acknowledged being a Christian. When the artist began her career, she maintained a positive image and often empowered women within her music. With the release of each album, the entertainer’s clothing became more revealing, there was an intensification of songs about sex, and the use of vulgar language increased on each album.
Scenario 120: A gospel artist dressed in a tight form fitting dress. The gospel artist is a curvy woman so the dress accented the artists’ curves. The photograph circulated around social media and received backlash. Though the gospel artist was fully clothed with no part of the dress showing any flesh, the artist’s religion and spirituality was questioned as well as criticized.
Scenario 122: Two Christians were having a conversation about religion. One stated that people who listen to any genre of music other than inspirational music are not Christians. The Christian stated that people she views as true Christians do not use profanity, they do not dress in revealing clothes, and they do not pollute their spirituality with anything that is not a reflection of Christ.
Scenario 133: A man and woman divorced. The couple had a child together. The man was visiting with his child and paying child support. Visitation and child support were outlined within the order. The man was sentenced to six months in jail over visiting with his child and overpaying child support. The order had been modified and he was unaware of the modifications, but regardless of the modifications, he was sentenced to jail for over visiting and overpaying child support.
Scenario 137: An African American man went to jail for life after stealing a $150 jacket. A Caucasian woman, reportedly suffering from depression, strangled her mother to death and was sentenced to ten months behind bars.
Scenario 138: A sixty four year old diabetic driver who was hearing impaired was pulled over by highway patrol. His driver’s license indicated that he was deaf. The driver’s door within the car has a placard that states “driver is deaf.” He pulled over and rolled down his window. An officer struck him in the face multiple times. An interpreter was not provided to the man during the booking, hospitalization, or time at jail. The victim was African American.
Scenario 145: A black man in Columbia South Carolina was sentenced to thirty five years for killing a police dog.
Scenario 149: In 1944, two Caucasian children were murdered. The children were an eleven year old and seven year old girls. Their bodies were found underneath a ditch. A few hours later, a fourteen year old African American male was taken into custody. There was an allegation that the boy raped one of the victim’s dead body but the autopsy report made no claim of sexual assault. The all-white jury reached a verdict within ten minutes. The African American male was executed in the electric chair. He did not receive due process. Family stated that the boy was with them at the time of the murders. The child is buried in an unmarked grave. A judge will be asked to revisit the case to decide if the verdict still stands in reference to the conviction of a fourteen year old who was convicted and executed seventy years ago.
Scenario 154: A Caucasian cop used excessive force on an unarmed African American male who was coming to them for help after a car accident. The cop shot the man and also struck him ten times. The grand jury decided that the police officer did his job and the grand jury requested a lesser charge other than voluntary manslaughter. The attorney defending the officer referred to the decision as a victory for all police.
Scenario 158: An eighty four year old man was beat by police officers after he crossed the street illegally. After the man was seen crossing an intersection illegally, an officer made him stand against a wall while writing a ticket. There was a language barrier. The man attempted to walk away from the scene. When the officer attempted to pull the man back to the wall, a struggle began. Additional cops entered the scene and began beating the elderly man. The man received staples for a head wound. The man was issued a ticket and charged with resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration, and disorderly conduct and jaywalking.
Scenario 163: A baby was pinched, thrown in the air, bitten, slammed on the ground, and sexually abused by her father and uncle. The child had anal and vaginal injuries. There were bites and bruises all over the baby’s body. On the night that she died, she was thrown to the ceiling. The child was not breathing when authorities arrived to the home. The uncle, mother, and father were sentenced to prison. Their convictions were overturned initially, then the convictions were reinstated.
Scenario 174: An African American athlete played basketball overseas. As he was leaving the court heading to the locker room, fans in the bleachers threw food at him and made racial slurs towards him. The athlete was called a nigger, monkey, and jig and told to go back to Africa. The athlete kept it together while heading to the locker room. While in the shower after the game, the athlete cried because he has been subjected to being called names due to his race since his childhood. The athlete’s teammates and coach were unable to relate to how he felt, what he was thinking and how he wanted to respond. The athlete was frustrated that no matter how nice he was, how educated, how athletic, how well mannered, some people saw him as nothing more than his skin color and race. The athlete who has a college degree, no criminal background, no children out of wedlock, volunteers within the community, and has friends and colleagues of various ethnicities did not understand why some people continued to hate him because his skin color is different from theirs.
Scenario 204: An African American male was arrested and searched by police after responding to an incident that involved the man fighting with others. The police state that they found illegal drugs, cuffed the man’s hands behind his back, and placed him in the car for transport. The male allegedly became uncooperative and refused to exit the car. Somehow the man who had his hand cuffed behind his back produced a handgun, fired, and struck himself in the back, though the gun was not found on him when he was searched by the police. This was not the only African American male who coincidentally allegedly shot himself while cuffed in police custody. Though this incident occurred in Louisiana, another incident occurred in Arkansas that involved an African American male dying in the backseat of a patrol car. He also allegedly shot himself in the head while handcuffed.
Scenario 208: A fifteen year old African American child was murdered by a Korean Store Owner over orange juice in the state of California. The owner saw the child placing a bottle of orange juice in her backpack and concluded that she was attempting to steal. The child was holding money in her hand. The owner grabbed the child by the sweater and snatched her backpack. She struck the child with her fists three times knocking her to the ground. She threw a stool at her. The child picked up the orange juice which dropped during the scuffle, threw it on the counter, and turned to exit the store. The owner retrieved a handgun and shot the child in the back of the head, killing her instantly. The child died with two dollars in her left hand. Statements of two witnesses and the camera footage showed the owner shooting the child in the back of the head as she was trying to leave the store. In this case, the owner was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter with a sixteen year prison sentence. However, the sentence was reduced to probation of five years, four hundred hours of community service, and a $500.00 fine.
Scenario 253: A Caucasian woman drove miles with her two month old child on the roof of her car after using marijuana. The baby was found in the middle of a freeway unharmed. A homeless African American woman was unable to get anyone to provide supervision to her children while she went to a job interview. She took her two children to the interview and left them in the car. The children were two years old and six months old. She left the window open and went inside to complete the job interview. The African American woman was charged with a felony and her children were taken away. The Caucasian woman who plead guilty to child abuse was charged with a misdemeanor DUI and received sixteen years of probation. Both women reside in the state of Arizona.
Scenario 263: A seven year old girl was beaten unconscious during recess in a school gymnasium by four boys at an Elementary School in Maryland. There were five teachers supervising a gym of seventy five students who did not see the attack. The child previously went home from school with bruises and a split lip. The same child had been bullied and attacked prior to the incident.
Scenario 274: A Republican candidate stated “the food stamp program is administered by the US Department of Agriculture. They proudly report that they distribute free meals and food stamps to over 46 million people on an annual basis. Meanwhile the national park service run by the US Department of the interior asks us please do not feed the animals. Their stated reason being that the animals will grow dependent on the handouts and they will never learn to take care of themselves. This concludes today’s lesson, any questions?”
Scenario 275: An African American hockey player scored the winning goal of the game. Following the game, the following comments were posted on social media websites: “That stupid nigger doesn’t belong in hockey, Caucasians only, Fuck you Nigger you belong in a fucking hole not an ice rink, Fucking nigger, Fuck nigger wish he got sold, he is the definition of a nigger, someone needs to smack him across his nigger lips, he is a fucking porch monkey, fuck that stupid nigger, fuck you fucking lucky ass nigger.”
Scenario 278: Seven year old second grader was handcuffed for misbehaving in class. He screamed after being teased by peers. The school security officer took him to the principal’s office after the teacher could not calm him down.
Scenario 283: A girl posted everything she did on Facebook. She posted on a status when she was in class, at work, and out with friends. One weekend, she posted that she was out eating dinner at a restaurant. While away from the home, the young ladies friends informed their relatives that no one was at the home. Relatives of the young girl’s friends broke into the home. The friends pretended to know nothing about the incident. The young girl continues posting all of her moves on Facebook.
Scenario 284: A judge ordered a rapist to volunteer at a rape crisis center. The victim was punished by having to testify, having her character questioned, and being viewed as having consensual sex with the perpetrator whom she told no. Imagine how every woman at the center will have a set back once the perpetrator walks into the center. Imagine how crooked the judicial system is, after sentencing a rapist to spend time amongst victims of rape. Imagine the trauma the women at the shelter will relive. Imagine the impact the ruling will have on future cases in regards to victims and perpetrators particularly being the judge labeled the victim “promiscuous.” The victim in the case along with the victims at the center were not protected, yet the perpetrator, who the judge did not feel was a “normal sex offender” was protected by the judicial system.
Scenario 305: A teenager was attacked by individuals ages 17, 22 and 29, after leaving school. The teenager went home following the incident, but reported to the hospital the following day. She died at the hospital as a result of bruising of her brain.
Scenario 307: An African American woman, fifty-nine years old entered a department store. She paid for a t-shirt that cost $5.00 and made another purchase while on her way out of the store. She was stopped by two prevention officers and a security guard who forced her into a security room as she explained that she had paid for the shirt. The cashier also acknowledged that the woman paid for her purchase. The woman was told by one of the security guards that she looked like a common thief. The cameras ignored the Caucasian customers in the store as they shopped while targeting the elderly African American woman as she shopped. The woman was awarded $105,000 for battery, false arrest and punitive damages.
Scenario 310: An African American music artist released a photo of his girlfriend on social media. Backlash was received in response to the photo. Though the race or ethnicity of the girlfriend was not released, assumptions were made that the girlfriend was not of African American descent. People accused the artist of self-hatred and selling out being that he is in a relationship with a woman who is not of African American descent.
Scenario 311: In the state of South Carolina, a restaurant owner refused to service African Americans arguing that his religion required him to deny African Americans to eat in his restaurant. Though he refused to allow African Americans to eat inside of the restaurant, he stated that African Americans are able to order take-out from the restaurant.
Scenario 312: In the state of California, a Caucasian police officer beat a woman on the side of the road as people drove by on the highway without intervening. The woman was walking along the freeway barefoot when the officer held her down and repeatedly punched the woman as she covered her face from the continual blows. An off duty arrived and helped the officer cuff the woman. The family hired an attorney to represent the victim while the officer is on leave until the investigation is complete.
Scenario 318: In the state of Georgia, an off duty officer followed an African American woman so closely that he bumped her car. According to the woman, the police officer stated that she was driving 35 miles per hour on a 45 mile per hour road. The woman reported that the officer spit on her and called her a racial slur.
Scenario 329: A Caucasian male spit on an elderly African American woman who was smoking outside of a courthouse and called her Rosa Parks. He stepped near the women’s face and stated “Rosa Parks move” then spit in her face. Not only did he spit in her face, he allegedly slapped the woman with an open hand on the left side of her face. The man was arrested, charged with four counts of aggravated battery and a hate crime.
Scenario 330: A Caucasian police officer placed an African American male in a choke hold. The man died as a result of the chokehold practice utilized by the officer. The officer has been accused of having a history of arresting other African American men without cause while conducting unlawful strip searches. There have been lawsuits against the officer related to racially motivated arrests. The officer was not alone, there were four officers apprehending the African American man. The man died shortly after being apprehended by the officers. The man told the officers that he could not breathe, but the officers disregarded the man and continued the chokehold.
Scenario 345: An African American man was driving his mail truck. He came up behind a Caucasian man’s pickup truck which was parked in the middle of the street. The mailman got out of his truck to deliver the mail. The Caucasian man walked towards the African American man yelling “do you want to get smacked today?” He grabbed the mailman by the jacket and removed his shades from his face. He broke the man’s glasses and stuffed them in the hood of his jacket. He stated to the mailman “what the fuck are you going to do?” The Caucasian firefighter slapped the African American mailman in the face. The firefighter then stated “you’re nothing but a fucking nigger. That’s why you work at the post office.” The firefighter made racial slurs to an African American woman who passed by during the time of the incident. The firefighter admitted to the claims. The court ruled that the language was a result of road rage and not sufficient to constitute a hate crime. The man was convicted of criminal mischief and criminal assault.
Scenario 355: An African American woman with severe asthma stated oxygen, oxygen, get my oxygen, I can’t breathe before passing out on the floor bare breasted and uncovered in the hallway of an apartment building as police officers entered her apartment coming up the stairwell. Prior to passing out the police held the woman against the wall with her upper body exposed to anyone who was viewing the incident. The adults in the home were charged with resisting arrest, acting in a manner injurious to a child, assaulting a police officer, criminal mischief and criminal possession of a weapon. There was an allegation that one of the children in the home was pepper sprayed in the face.
Scenario 369: An African American rapper had a child with a woman he was having unprotected sex with. He was ordered to pay $10,000 a month in child support. The woman was not satisfied with receiving $10,000 a month. She wanted more money monthly in child support.
Scenario 375: A man had children with a woman. The woman had plastic surgery, lip injections, a butt lift, and breast implants. The man was upset once the two of them had children. The children presented with features from their mother prior to the physical transformation. The man could not understand why the children did not have features of the woman until he saw pictures of the woman prior to Botox, plastic surgery, breast implants, lip injection, and a butt lift.
Scenario 381: A family left a church after learning that the youth pastor and minister of music were homosexuals. The parents stated that they do not want their children influenced by those choices or behaviors. The parents stated that they do not support homosexuals being in ministry because homosexuality is an abomination. The parents stated that people are not born homosexual.
Scenario 389: A Caucasian family has a confederate flag on their porch and on the back window of their car. The family was stereotyped as being racist.
Scenario 412: An African American man was stopped by a state trooper in the state of South Carolina during a routine traffic stop for a seatbelt violation. He stated that he was reaching for his license, which is what the officer asked him to do. The officer opened fire towards the man, shooting him in the hip. The unarmed man continually asks the police officer why did you shoot at me and what did I do? The officer of European descent asked the man if he was hit. The state trooper was fired and charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.
Scenario 416: In North Carolina, a teacher of European decent stated that if she only had ten days to live, she would kill all African American people.
Scenario 417: In the state of Arizona, a teacher who was not of African American decent, observed a student bullied by five students. The child was called names such as monkey, crack head, and told that he belonged to a zoo. The teacher told the students who were bullying the child “He is not alone. When you pick on him, you pick on me. It is not five to one anymore. It is five to two. There will be no more taunting, teasing, and racial names called. That is not acceptable here, do you understand?” A parent of one of children who was bullying the student alleged that the teacher’s actions were threatening. Supporters of the teacher’s position to defend the child who was a victim of bullying argued that firing the teacher sent the wrong message to the student body and other parents, that a group of parents can get together and bully a teacher. The parent of the child who was bullied by the five students stated “that makes me beyond mad because why is she being fired for something she is supposed to do? She’s supposed to be standing up for the students. They didn’t like it, so it turned into her threatening the kids because she stood up for this one African American child in her class.”
Scenario 420: An African American rhythm and blues artist completed an interview. The artist was ridiculed by radio personalities because he stated that he does not perform oral sex on random women during sexual intercourse. The artist discussed an incident where a female entered his room past security. The door was unlocked as he was preparing for bed. The woman was asked to leave the room. The radio personalities interviewing the artist asked why he did not engage in sexual acts with the woman instead of having her leave the room. The artist discussed that having sex with a stranger would have placed him in a bad situation because he did not know her intentions. He stated that anything could have happened such as contracting a sexually transmitted disease, false accusations of rape, the female could have injured or killed him, and he refused to place himself in those types of situations.
Scenario 421: An African American male was driving home from work. He was looking forward to celebrating his son’s birthday once he arrived home to his family. He was pulled over by the police. The police asked for license and registration. The male questioned why he was pulled over. The male stated that he was not speeding and there was nothing wrong with his vehicle. The police asked the male to step out of his vehicle. The police searched the male’s vehicle. They removed his seats from the car. They damaged some of the inside of the car. Afterwards they returned the male’s license and registration. The police walked off leaving the male on the side of the road with his seats on the ground and the inside of the car damaged. The male was left feeling violated while attempting to put his car back together on the side of the road though he had done nothing wrong.
Scenario 423: A professional athlete was shot and killed by his mistress. The athlete’s mistress sat next to his body and shot herself after killing the athlete. The mistress was a waitress, sixteen years younger than the athlete, who suspected that the athlete was seeing another woman. The athlete was a husband and father.
Scenario 424: An African American male was interested in becoming a police officer. He was accepted into the police academy. While at the police academy, he observed that the figures that the officers trained to shoot at were black figures. The candidates were trained in African American communities. The criminals in scenarios utilized by the police academy he attended reflected stereotypes of African Americans. The African American male was the only African American accepted into the police academy. He decided that he no longer wanted to be a police officer as a result of his experience within the police academy.