Stereotyping to me is the act of labeling a specific classification or trait to a person strictly based on a person's ethnic background, gender, age, socioeconomic status, or role. Generally speaking when people think about stereotypes they automatically think racial, or in the negative . . . . however thinking that African Americans are good dancers can be seen as an offensive stereotype. Even though it appears to be a positive comment, people are very uncomfortable with specific labels of competency or incompetence solely based upon things like race and gender.
Everyone, no matter who you are, has been stereotyped whether they choose to acknowledge it or not. Interesting enough, most stereotypes have been formulated from very commonly shared traits of a specific race, gender, or professional background. Example: To say all Doctors drive nice cars is a form of stereotyping. I did not say all white doctors or Mexican doctors so it had NOTHING to do with race or gender. The fact that a person has received an extensive education and now holds a professional position that is known to provide very promising wages therefore providing the means to buy nicer things, the public generally assumes they have purchased themselves a high end vehicle.
Prejudice is a negative term. Unlike stereotypes, prejudice is in no way positive. I stated earlier about the stereotype of African Americans dancing well prejudice is me... [continues]
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