Have you ever been a victim of stereotyping or judged a person by their cover? The definition of stereotype is to give someone or something an identify or to put in a category by their or its looks. Stereotyping is an issue that needs to be addressed. One of the races that is frequently subject to stereotyping is the Hispanic Race.

What do you call a stampede of white people? An avalanche. What do you call a stampede of black people? A mudslide. What do you call a stampede of Mexican people? A jail break. Many jokes like this offend Hispanics. There are many of stereotypes about Hispanics. Whats the difference between a large pizza and a Mexican family? A pizza can feed a family of four. Most HIspanics have immigrated to the United States within the last 25 years. They came with their large families seeking a better life. Not only have they had to deal with a language barriers in a foreign country, but many times have to take inferior jobs at minimal wage which makes it difficult to support a large family. The history of these stereotypes is usually someone who is scared or racist against Mexicans and Hispanics. A solution might be to become opened minded to the lives and background Hispanics. Immigrants are not the only group subject to stereotypes.

Many people tend to stereotype minorities or people they feel are below them. This supposedly makes the stereotypers feel superior and raise their self-esteem. In other cases, it is to put down someone of whom they are jealous. Blond women and rednecks are a few that most people feel are inferior to themselves. Many of the stereotypes become the subject of jokes. These jokes are known as the you might be a redneck if... and the how do you get a blond to... The term redneck originated with the people who were poor immigrants from Europe who settled in the mountain areas of our country, such as the Appalachian region. Now many people relate them to hillbillies from the south who spit and play a banjo. The term dumb blond originated from beautiful women who were blond and not concerned with education because their looks could get them everything they wanted. Therefore, they didnt pursue education as a way to improve themselves, which created their dumb image. The stereotype of the dumb blond and redneck is really looking at the cover of the person and not the inside. This is especially true for African Americans, who have been stereotyped since they were brought over as slaves in the late 1700s.

The world is full of hate and discrimination. In February, our school held a Black History Month. We learned about important black people, who made a difference in our society, but we had never learned about them before this study. After all the years of Civil Rights, people are still insecure about different races because of the color of their skin. One form of insecurity is stereotyping people because of their color and assuming that all Black people like watermelon and koolaid. The best way to overcome stereotyping someone is to form your own opinion, based on relationships and to stay away from people who are prejudiced.

Stereotyping can be overcome. It can be dealt with so that there isnt as much of it, but we can never get rid of it. People will never feel equal to everyone and accept everyone. Stereotyping is like hate, you can never get rid of it because it is human nature to feel superior to someone else. You can lessen stereotyping by surrounding yourself with people who are open-minded. You must also mind your thoughts. They can become your words. Watch your words, they can become your actions. Watch your actions, they can become your character. Watch your character, it can become your destiny.

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