Sterotyping in America

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Stereotyping in America 1

Stereotyping in America

William Dettman

Ashford University

Prof. Tanya Martin

December 16, 2012

Stereotyping in America 2

Stereotyping in America

Stereotyping is a form of pre judgment that is used everyday in conversations and in the media. There are many groups of people that are being stereotyped in society today. Whether or not you are the one being stereotyped or you are doing the stereotyping, in the end it hurts people’s feelings and brings down self-esteems. There are a few stereotypes in society that I have encountered which include the quality of people with tattoos, Athletes are not good students, and Hispanics working in the landscaping business. When seeing an individual walking down the street that has tattoos, or see them shopping at the local market, that person is automatically stereotyped as a lesser person in society. But what if you knew that person and he was a doctor, or a police officer, that same stereotype wouldn’t be the same maybe if that person was a construction worker or say a mechanic. Many employers have denied employment to individuals due to having tattoos. Sure there are people in society that are concerted bad that have tattoos, but what about the people that are bad with no tattoos. An individual with tattoos maybe more qualified for a job, but since the other person has no tattoos they look more professional. How does ink on a persons body measure the character or decide whether that individual is good or bad and that is where stereotyping comes in. A simple argument could be Dan has tattoos and is addicted to drugs; Kirk just got a tattoo, so therefore Kirk is also addicted to drugs. This is just one example of a typical stereotype about people with tattoos. Since I have tattoos, I wonder sometimes when I walk around and my tattoos are showing, do I get stereotyped? Do people automatically think I am this horrible person because of my tattoos? Many people also believe people with tattoos are more violent then people with no tattoos. Studies show that once an individual is put in a situation where prejudice and stereotyping is exhibited, the effects with dealing with the situation still remain. One study says “People are more likely to be aggressive after they’ve faced prejudice in a given situation. They are more likely to exhibit a lack of self-control.”(Kemick, 2012) Individuals with tattoos are constantly getting stereotyped for all types of reasons. But tattoos have been around for thousands of years and will continue to be part of our society. The new generation of kids are the future of this society and tattoos are just part of it. This doesn’t mean that these people that are getting tattoos are any less of a person then people without them. Who knows, in next 20 years the president could have lots of tattoos but will he get stereotyped? The next stereotype is whether or not athletes are good students or are they just getting through school because of their athletic performance. With this stereotype, I can relate to this topic better then any of the other stereotypes. The Stereotyping in America 3

common thought in high schools and college is that students that are athletes aren’t as good students as students that aren’t athletes. Many kids believe that student athletes get treated better and are held to a lower standard in the classroom. Many feel that teachers let things slide with their homework or give exceptions to rules in the classroom and in the school. A slippery slope type argument can be used in this situation. A slippery slope argument can be defined as “ Often the idea is that if an exception is allowed to a rule, then more and more exceptions with follow, leading to the inevitable result that few people, if any, will follow the rule.”(Mosser, 2011) In high school I was tied into this stereotype and I feel that it did affect my grades...
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