Culture and Litter

While it does not appear that people who litter in this town are of a specific race or ethnicity, culture may play a part. The culture of homelessness is unique and diverse in Morgan Hill and surrounding communities; this may cause some members of this community to blame these individuals. Historically, homeless people have been stereotypically viewed as lazy and unclean; they have been thought to be people who leave their garbage in their wake. Using this as platform and voice, this blog will educate people about the harm that littering can do and encourage community members to stop blaming and come together to clean up their city.

Psychologically, litter may affect the overall viewpoint of the neighborhood and culture of the area; stereotypes and bias may impact ethnic groups and populations (Blogging Belmont, 2018). When the blame is pointed to these populations, unease may arise and cause unrest within the community. Historically, racial disparities, social inequality, and bias have yielded social movements, but sometimes the opposite occurs, society looks the other way to avoid social problems (Goff, Jackson, Nichols, & Di Leone, 2013). Littering in this town may be just that, avoidance as a result of misdirection, lack of understanding, and a more profound social concern. Sociocultural shifts, lack of care and respect for the city and environment, or funding issues may be the source of the littering problem instead of norms based on the bias (Crandall, Eshleman, & O’Brien, 2002).



Blogging Belmont (2018). Trash talk: What’s the psychology of littering? Retrieved from

Crandall, C. S., Eshleman, A., & O’Brien, L. (2002). Social norms and the expression and suppression of prejudice: The struggle for internalization. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 82(3), 359–378.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

Goff, P. A., Jackson, M. C., Nichols, A. H., & Di Leone, B. A. L. (2013). Anything but race: Avoiding racial discourse to avoid hurting you or me. Psychology, 4(3A)335–339.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

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