Does the word prejudice sound familiar to you? What about stigma? Or you probabfy have certainty heard the famous phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover”. Well, all of this can be summarized into a word: stereotypes.What is a stereotype? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary a stereotype is a verb that consists in believing unfairly that all people or things with a particular set of characteristics are the same. In other words a stereotype is used to categorize a group of people.
People who don’t understand that type of person, so they put them into classifications, thinking that everyone who is that needs to be like that, or anyone who acts like their classifications is one. You don’t really have to struggle on thinking about the last time you saw a stereotype in someone, just remember, what is the first thing you think when you see a tattooed person? Or what is the first thought that comes to your head when you see a middle-low class Mexican working in the United States? See, that’s the problem we face as a society.Some people say that stereotypes are naturaJ, that we carry them wherever we go. That stereotypes may be useful as a beginning of a theory or as a starting point, they are always there, that may be true, but we need to push them aside in order to end this tendency.We need to end the mentality of thinking that stereotypes are part of a process of understanding, or to imagine how far a stereotype can go instead of ending with it.Changing stereotypes is one of the biggest challenges for us as a community, as a civilized society. Each of us should examine the assumptions that we make about the others and think: Upon what information is my thought based? Are they assumptions based on personal experiences? Learned from TV or school? If we really want to make a big change as stereotypes would be, we need to start for ourselves.
:lena Semper Altius”Stereotypes lose their power when the world is found to be more complex than the stereotype would suggest. When we learn that individuals do not fit the group stereotype, then it begins to fall apart.” —Ed KochThis quote briefly defines the problem in which we live and the way it can be solved.
It clearly states that generalization is the first step in the creation of a stereotype and that when each one of us realizes that society is much more than just a simple superficial reputation, we would be making a huge change.While I was doing the investigation about this topic, I found that people that saw stereotypes as a threat or as an act of ignorance, also mentioned that they do have its good part, but is it really good?Is it fair to for example, qualify Asians as intelligent and hard work people? While probably the same person can see Mexicans as lazy and thieves? We can’t give ourselves the luxury of seeing a person as a concept, no matter what kind of concept it is.I also found very interesting the opinion of a person that stated as a fact this: “Stereotypes often have a special emphasis depending on a child’s ethnic or racial backgrounds. For example, Latina girls may feel pressured to live up to male supremacy codes of femininity; African-American boys may feel they are expected to be great athletes; and Asian American children may feel teachers or peers assume they’ll be strong in math and science.” Is it really necessary for a kid to close himself into a stereotype?Opinions like this may be valid, and may be no more than the cold truth but believing in attitudes like this just will make the problem lighter, but it will never solve it. Also, what kind of parent would let his son or daughter chase a dream based in a stereotype? Parents should teach their children what equality and justice means inside a society, making this the fastest possible because following stereotypes may become one of the most dangerous vices for all ages.21/1Semper Altius;tereotypes are harming our society; people don’t pursue their dreams because of hem.
They are controlling our way of seeing the world. They limit us to what it;uggests as an absolute truth. They create senseless discrimination. a stereotype is that it enables us to respond rapidly to situations )ecause we may have had a similar experience before.
3ecause of stereotypes, we don’t have quality of life. And without quality of life we 3an’t enjoy life .We must not live through our or anyone else’s stereotypes, each and every one of us is different and must behave like that.Sadly, stereotypes are there, and will likely stay there for a lot of time, but the saddest thing of this is that, we are getting used to them. Today we see discrimination, segregation, bullying, gender inequality and many other social problems as something normal and part of our lives, and if we seek try to seek even more deeply in how each of these problems are created and what they have led to we will notice that stereotypes make a very important part on it.Its in you to decide to ignore or to follow a stereotype, just you can change this issue in which the world has been involved centuries ago.
Justice and equality is what we all ask but not everyone acts.To conclude, would like to quote Paul Bloom, who stated very clear the sad reality in which we live and the many things we have to reflect about it.”We all use stereotypes, all the time, knowing and without knowing it. We have met the enemy of equality, and the enemy is us”.We can follow, we can ignore, we can make a change, what will you do?