The Stereotypes Of Stereotypes And Stereotypes

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Breaking Stereotypes

The labeling or stereotyping of different races often define how they are supposed to act, think, and conduct themselves within society. Stereotyping can have an extremely negative effect on individuals in a particular ethnic group that have a real potential to become something better than what their labels define them as. Stereotypes such as all Native Americans are uneducated and lazy, or all Caucasian people are racists, are assumptions that can cause hatred between races, or stereotype threat; causing individuals in different ethnic groups to think less of themselves and thus limit their ability to reach their full potential. Some individuals in minority groups often find themselves having to prove that such stereotypes do not apply to them and work resiliently to change preconceived ideas about them. The term stereotype refers to generalizations or frequently generalizations about members of a specific group. Stereotypes can be associated with characteristics like race, sex, social status or religion. These generalizations can be positive, but in most cases they are negative and extremely hard to change. For example in the essay “Champion of the world” by Maya Angelou the author describes how almost the entire African American population of the United States, placed their hopes on Joe Luis to retain title of world champion. A match against a white contender seemed the perfect opportunity to break the stereotypes and inequalities associated with…
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