What is a role model? A role model, defined by the Oxford English Dictionary is “a person who other people look to as an example to be imitated.” There are different types of people whose characteristics and traits are held in high regards and are imitated by others. There are many types of role models, whether social, religious, political, commercial or from the arts. Typical role models of our generation from these groups are The Pope, Barack Obama, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Pharrell Williams. Due to the various ethnicities and social backgrounds the characteristics of a good role model will vary from person to person. Some people may look up to someone while they are seen as criminals in the eyes of another set of people. The beliefs, culture and morals of a person will significantly affect the way in which they label people as role models. Which leads us to the knowledge issue, “Who determines the characteristics of a good role model?” Before I had mentioned a few people who many could agree are good role models but what if I had said names such as Vybz Kartel, Osama Bin laden or Kony. How can these people not also be considered role models? Aren’t they people who are looked to as examples to be imitated? Our ways of knowing play a major role in what we perceive to be a good role model. For a young dancehall artist may look up to Vybz Kartel how a young Palestinian boy may praise the lifestyle of Osama Bin Laden. The characteristics of a role model may be accepted by a minority but it does not change the fact that they are idolised and respected by these people. Thus, labelling them, role models. First, we’d like to look at Christopher Dudus Coke as a role model and then look at Terrorist as role models in Palestinian territories.
Social Role Models – Christopher “Dudus” Coke
As most of us know, In 2010, the Jamaican drug lord Chirstopher ‘Dudus’ Coke was extradited to the United States following a furious man hunt...
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