Stereotypes

@sharone74 (4839)
United States
March 10, 2009 3:01am CST
The intent of this post is to discuss racial, religious, age, and gender based steroetypes that you may have heard or seen anywhere. The purpose is to debunk these silly stereotypes NOT TO REINFORCE THEM! So everyone please keep your comments to common misconceptions and then your take on the stereotype. Personal experiences, observations, and me/I statements are preferred here. Example: "Black people have big lips." Yes some of us do, but they go very nicely with our faces. Not ALL of anyone has or does any one thing other than breathe. "White people can't dance." I have known numerous white people, asians, and hispanics who are immersed in the hip-hop pop-locking culture and they will dance battle anyone anywhere anytime and my money would be solidly on them to win! If white folks can't dance it has nothing to do with their person(body) and everything to do with a lack of something, balance, coordination, rhythm, something like that. Everyone can two step if shown how, and everyone can learn to dance.
2 responses
@syankee525 (6295)
• United States
10 Mar 09
i've seen and hear this all through my life, i can remember growing up and driving my dad's car and being pulled over just because how i looked with long hair and leather jacket. ive been put again the wall by cops and search. even now these days me and my brother went to walmart got check out the same line, and he had more then me, just because i wasn't dress well like my brother they stopped me at the door and search my bags and made sure i paid for my stuff. i was like why are you doing this ? just because how i am dress and look he has more then me i even had securty guards follow me around stores before just because how i was dress. i told the dude hey i am going over that way. i fianlly told him no idea why you are following can you see i have gold necklace on worth 500 bucks, and diamond studs, pulled my wallet out see all the cash i got. so yeah i still see and hear lot of stero type from all kind and these peopel get on my nerve more then anyone else.
@sharone74 (4839)
• United States
22 Mar 09
I totally feel you dude. That is called racial profiling which is one of the evils that stems from racial stereotypes. Let them do their little penny ante job if they want to follow you around the store. Let them and whenever you find it getting on your nerves mock them. One of my favorite comments to make when I get followed around a store is. "I guess what they say about rent-a -cops is true. They do all want to be cops. This one is working a major in stupid and a minor in bigotry hoping that they will let him in." or something equally mean but not profane. Let them know that you know they are watching and that you are bothered by it.
@Bluepatch (2481)
• Trinidad And Tobago
10 Mar 09
You're right, I guess, there's all kinds of stereotyping going on here in Trinidad. Some of it is based on history or politics and a lot of it is used to entice people into certain actions especially political ones. We live in a time of labelling and in Trinidad the media, especially the radio, is particularily responsible. I hear the talk programs in taxis all day as I travel to do my work on the road. Hats off to you!
@sharone74 (4839)
• United States
21 Mar 09
They are relying on oft repeated rhetoric to brainwash you through the government controlled media outlets. They say that even if you know intellectually that a statement is not true that if you hear it repeated often enough you begin to believe it is true. And to poke fun at a stereotype, you drive a taxi and you're not indian or arabic. Good for you! And you're also remaining open minded and not accepting the propoganda that the government is trying to shovel your way. Good on ya!