James A. Allen Jr.
PHI103: Informal Logic
Instructor: Peter Ingenhutt
May 14, 2012
Is stereotyping a major issue in society?
Throughout my lifetime I have encountered several levels of stereotyping. In the early 1900’s racism played a huge part in our countries history ranging from; slavery, racial profiling, and discrimination. This paper shows stereotyping is common everywhere you look, and can become a serious issue depending what situation you as a person; (no matter your race, color, creed, or gender), are put in, and the long term and short term effects it has on people. On August 12, 2010 April Kemick from the University of Toronto wrote an article and posted it on internet in regards to the negative impact stereotyping has on people (Kemick 2010). The National Science Foundation conducted a research survey of how stereotyping mentally affects people in certain situations. “Past studies have shown that people perform poorly in situations where they feel they are being stereotyped” (Professor Michael Inzlicht 2010Journal of Personality and Social Psychology). Inzlicht put together a research team to carry out the test the end result was that there were negative effects on the people put in the situation of stereotyped or discriminated even long after the situation. ““Even after a person leaves a situation where they faced negative stereotypes, the effects of coping with that situation remain,” says Inzlicht. “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. They have trouble making good, rational decisions. And they are more likely to over-indulge on unhealthy foods” (April Kemick, University of Toronto 2010). In my lifetime I have been subject to all kinds of stereotyping and prejudice situations that impacted my life in a negative way. My first incident that happen with stereotyping was in 1998 after I was convicted...