Thursday, December 1, 2011

Stereotypes


    By Jonathan Lopez

      Race is a huge controversy in the united states. Everywhere we look we see different races from all over the world by just living in the United States. Even though the United States were founded by immigrants for immigrants we still have this hatred towards them. As we have more hatred towards immigrants and other races we start to form racism against another. From racism we start to make up stereotypes about other races which can range from good to bad depending what is the stereotype.

     As seen in movie, television shows, and in reality people use stereotypes all the time without even noticing. We think of stereotypes to be often true. Yet they might have some truth to them doesn't make them entirely true. The two most known stereotype are for African Americans and Asian Americans. These two bring us the most stereotypes of them all because we believe that most of the stereotypes to be true. For example all black people are good at basketball. This might be true in some cases but you can't say this for all the black people. The same goes for Asian people. One of the stereotypes for Asians is that their all good in math. This too is made off an assumption. Instead of saying they have a better education system in math in their country, they will rather go for all Asians are good in math. I have a video below about Asian stereotypes. It does have bad language so please don't be offended.

     As a nation we are going to have to get used to the fact that we are all different and need to learn that as a nation we are all the same in our little ways. The only way to stop racism and stereotypes is not just ignore it but to confront it with one another and talk other it so that we are more conforable talking about it.

10 comments:

  1. I never really realized how bad stereotypes were with asians until I started dating an asian girl. The questions I get from my friends are sometimes so funny because they're speaking off of things that they hear and beleive are true. I was having trouble in my math class and one friend says " how are you having trouble in math, your girlfriend is asian". Not to long ago a friend of mine said I better marry her because she's most likely gonna help me keep good grades and she's going to be successful because she's asian. It's funny how people come up with these stereotypes.

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  2. No matter how hard people are working to prevent stereotype, it will always be a stereotype in countries where there are many races and immigrates specially in the United States. Some people just treat and judge the people from the same race in the ways. Some people are just racist and many of them forgot that the United States was founded by immigrants and it will always be a country with different races.

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  3. I always run into stereotypes regarding Asians, and it's funny how people around us take them seriously. What I mean is, they make it as thought these stereotypes are completely true with everyone within that race. I feel that shows ignorance towards certain race. It comes with racism and that itself is just everywhere. Some people just aren't that accepting, I suppose.

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  4. Our society is filled with stereotypes. Its crazy just trying to think of all of them. I agree when you say that some of them may be true, but that doesn't mean it should be categorized into one culture. A lot of these stereotypes and racism are manifested by ignorance. People assume and are afraid of what they don't know. I wish this society could be a little more accepting. Also, I liked the video for this blog as well, it shows the perspective from someone of a culture that experiences a lot of judgments. He mentions each stereotype in a humorous way that catches people's attention! Maybe it could help people recognize their ignorance.

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  5. I consider myself as a black female and the labels ghetto or ignorant, and loud are some of the terms I hear other people from different cultures say about my race. Now their is some truth to it but I feel very offended that people think that all black females are like that.

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  6. I dont really get upset anymore about stereotypes anymore because it can never change. Everybody judge other people I think that is just the way the brain is wired to work. Whomever the majority group is at any given time will all ways judge the smaller group it is just life. The difference is how far a person will go in their ingnorance.

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  7. Being a Puerto Rican single mother, I get labeled with more stereotypes than I care to name. One of the problems is that people don't take the time to get to know certain individuals. It takes less time and effort to simply stereotype, categorize and push it to the side (so to speak). People are judged by their appearance, SES, race, etc. There are so many misconceptions like if you're Black= lazy, Asian= smart, Hispanic= sells drugs, White= trashy, poor= theif, rich= superior and the kids are spoiled brats, and the list goes on due to lack of knowledge and fear. Many people don't even realize that they stereotype others because they were raised to think a certain way, therefore they think its common knowledge. We don't live in a perfect world, but if we would just start by teaching our children to be more excepting individuals, we can make that much of a difference.

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  8. I so agree!! People are so ready to sterotype and put general assuptions on people based on things that they see without any knowledge about anything

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  9. I can say that I now have a laid-back sort of careless response when it comes to stereotypes. It is inevitable like racism. To try and say that there will be a day when it won't happen or not exist has the same ideas as being a color-blind racist. There will always be commonalities within a certain group. Things that define and are distinctive about that group and then there are things that can be true, but not always. But to make life easier I guess people just like to label everyone in that group with that characteristic.
    I am Asian and when people say something about Asian people or mistake me for another Asian woman I kind of just laugh it off.
    An example: I was in a Chinese restaurant with some non-Chinese friends. My friend ordered a cocktail. The waiter said 5 minutes. Then she ordered a shrimp and broccoli she asked how long it would take. The waiter said 5 minutes. So she asked me "why do all the Chinese people say 5 minutes?". "Everything is 5 minutes!" I thought it was funny because it had some truth to it but no not every single waiter in every single Chinese restaurant will say that. I just don't feel like that was enough to offend me nor is a lot of stereotypes.
    If I don't like a bad stereotype I would try to prove myself. If I know a stereotype of a group I belong to is not true I don't really get offended.
    For example: someone who was mad at me for denying her application to live in one of my dads rental properties told me to go "f" myself and my family should be somewhere making fried rice or egg-rolls. So I said "we probably will later, what does that have to do with anything?" Most of the time people will say it out of anger and try to hurt someone anyway. How offended could you be from something like that? I just can't take them seriously.

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  10. It is sad that we, as human beings, have to stereotype people just because they are different from us. The problem is that we learn and internalize this type of behavior throughout our socialization process, because many times we learn how to judge and stereotype others from our families or our peers or in school, without knowing if the stereotypes are true. I think that we can change this attitude by being committed to keeping an open mind and by understanding and accepting that everyone is unique and different.

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