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Kendra Clack April 27,2018

How Did It All Began? One of the issues that any race, gender,and etc have is stereotypes, it could impact anyone in a negative or positive manner,but it could cause friction between the two groups of people. This conflict began as a joke but it wasn't nothing funny about how an another group of people dressed, behaved, or even talked. This was caused by racists and supremacists that think it is right to make a mockery of where people come from and to keep the other group from trying to be as equal or higher than them.So as a result,people experience this kind of behavior everyday, but hardly recognized how it impact them on their socially and economically. Being a young black woman I'm fighting many stereotypes that try to paint a picture of me as uncivilized and second class. My facial features are one that is stereotyped because that my ancestors gave me from generation to generation from West Africa . Some people might say that my nose is too wide for my face frame or my lips are too big, but I know the intentions because of ignorance and trying to make feel beneath them and convince me to change how I look to please them. My complexion is seemed as dirty or unwanted because I am dark and with my complexion I am seen as angry and violent. The Willie Lynch letter that try to keep slaves from working together to overthrow the treatment and it even says,” You must use the dark skin slaves vs the light skin slaves and the light skin slaves vs the dark skin slaves.” (Willie Lynch Letter, 1). Still to this day in the black community, we have problems with skin complexion as we get older we become self-haters and insecure because of it. People made fun of hair because it is coarse and short, they say my hair is “nappy” to make feel self-conscious of my appearance. But I can't blame them, because the western society always tries to convince people that you are not good enough if you dont look like this or if you don't have that. The Civil Rights Movement started because of how black people in America was treated. Malcolm X and Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. push people to not let negative narratives by another race keep them from fighting for rights. Black men would be called “boy” and “weak” to get them a false self-esteem of being less of man,while black woman would see even lesser than black man.Jim Crow Laws implicated to segregate and make life harder for free slaves living in America. The Jim Crow

Laws also judged and were prejudice to black people because of the stereotypes that they assume were true from the character Jim Crow. Now in 2018 we are still fighting the damage that were put on us from the people who don't know about the struggle of oppression and discrimination. That is why we have movements like The Black Lives Matter, to fight against the mistreatment of black citizens from police officers. Also to give knowledge of the harsh realities of being black and a victim of being stereotyped. In conclusion, this is only the beginning of trying to fix what was broken in society. The only way is to educate people on cultural appropriation and political correctness. Even though stereotypes are never going to end, we can talk about the impact it haves on everyone and to accept people because of their differences. Lastly,can use history as a tool to guide one another about the struggles of each other.



Christin Vaughan Dr. Milondra Coleman AP. Government 14 March 2018

Stereotypes: Where Do They Come From?

Stereotypes control the world; at least, that it’s what it may seem like. Is there ever a day when you won't encounter one? What would we do if we couldn’t box individuals into broad sub categories? What would we say? Perhaps we could look at their individual character, but perhaps that would be too much like “the truth”? In this passage I will be discussing what stereotypes are, where they come from, due to personal experiences, and how they may lead to implicit biases.

Stereotyping seems to shape our world, and sometimes our lives, telling us how to feel, how to act, what to say, and sometimes, what to be. At this point, you may be wondering, “What is stereotyping?” if you are not familiar with the phrase. A stereotype is a ‘widely held, oversimplified, general image or idea of a person or group of people’. In most instances stereotypes are perceived as negative when they shame a specific group, for example: “All girls are emotional wrecks.” This is an example of a negative stereotype, because it is categorizing women as emotionally unstable, and that is not always true, perhaps for some, but not all. Now, all stereotypes aren’t “bad”, for example: “All geeks are extremely smart, and gifted with electronics.” This is an example of a seemingly positive stereotype. The only thing is, there are

no positive stereotypes. Being that all stereotypes categorize a specific group the same way, they are not true and are usually just assumed generalizations.

Stereotypes have existed for ages. That leads to the question, “Where do they come from?”. Stereotypes come from a number of places, in my experience: family, friends, along with media and articles at times. Over the years I have encountered many stereotypes, some good, and some bad. On several occasions I was told that I “sounded, and acted white” because of the way I carried myself, and the way I spoke. I was greatly offended, being black, and being told this by another black person, a classmate, and also saddened, because at that moment I realized that it is deemed looked down on to speak in an educated manner as a PoC. I felt like I didn’t fit in or belong with my peers, and it caused me to try and change my appearance, which didn’t last, mind you. That was an act of implicit bias, stereotyping when you do not realize it, or indirectly. Also, not just in the school place but at home also. My parents joke a lot, but they often include stereotypes in the jokes, things like: “All asians eat dogs and cats.” I once found these things funny, but now that I am learning of the effects of these views, I find them highly problematic. These kinds of views jokingly or not, can have an effect on your children or on your peers/colleague. Implicit bias is very real, a person might hear this, and refuse to talk to an Asian person just based on that presumption. People are highly impressionable, and while that can be a good thing, it can also be bad. Last, the media and articles in the media can have a larger role than family and friends. It is only human nature to want to impress a large mass of people. But what if that large mass of people were only out to belittle you, or derail you. Not too long ago I was surfing the world wide web when I came upon a specific article called: “Things white people say”. I found this problematic itself in various ways, I also found it offensive, as I thought to

myself, “My boyfriend doesn’t say any of these things, and he’s white”. I later found out that these kinds of articles are called “race bait”.

In conclusion, stereotypes are incorrect and overly generalized assumptions on how a person should act, depending on where they are from, what they like, etc. Before you make an assumption of who a person is based on what you perceive them as, you should really get to know that person. There is a lot of variation in the human race, and that is good, everyone is different, and no person should be boxed into a certain group based on a presumption. Be aware, nothing is ever as it seems.

Deshon Turner Essay Question 2 Stereotypes A stereotype is any thought widely adopted about specific types of individuals or certain ways of behaving intended to represent the entire group of those individuals or behaviors as a whole. Psychologists once believed that only bigoted people used stereotypes. Studies now say that we all use stereotypes and we do not know that we are doing it. I believe that it is in human nature to stereotype someone whether it is in a negative or positive form of the stereotype. Stereotypes can also be inherited from what people’s parents and other family members have believed about a certain race or group of people. Your parents and family play a huge role in what you will grow to believe and think about other people. I do not think some people mean any harm when they stereotype someone it is just that we all have unconscious negative stereotypes and beliefs. I have experienced people stereotyping me throughout my life. Some stereotypes that I have encountered are being that I’m African American I only listen to Hip-Hop. That is not true I listen to a variety of music genres. I like to keep my options open and listen to whatever sounds good to me. One time I ordered an Uber and as soon as I got in the back seat and the driver saw me he immediately changed the radio station to a station that played Hip-Hop and R&B music. The problem was that the driver did not ask what station I preferred to listen to he just assumed. That stereotype comes from the media such as: movies and television. They portray black people to only like a certain type of music and not to be cultured in other musical genres. Another example of a stereotype that I have encountered is when a group of my friends and myself were

outside enjoying ourselves and just having a good time and I noticed that this one police officer kept riding up and down the street that we were on looking at us like we were up to no good or something. I would see if we were in the front of a store or building because then that would have been loitering which is against the law. We were in front of my home and I know that is not illegal at all. Also every time I go out to a restaurant with my girlfriend when it is time for us to get the check the waiter whether it is a male or female they always put the check in front of me. That is an example of a gender stereotype that the man always has to pay and be the backbone of their relationship which is not the case. I did not and do not mind paying for the bill because I said I was and I asked her out for lunch. Implicit bias is the unconscious attitudes, stereotypes and unintentional actions whether it is positive or negative towards members of a group merely because of their membership in that group. Implicit bias are involuntary and can be said without an individual’s awareness or intentional control. They are influenced by your previous experiences and are learned associations between various social categories. An example is that you may believe that all Rottweilers are vicious dogs because of your previous experience with one. Some owners can control their animals so they would be calm around people and until they see a threat they would not attack you and be friendly towards you. Multiple studies have found that people would show implicit bias to African Americans more than any other race. They would mistake something little as a brush for a weapon and feel in danger and feel the need to protect themselves which can eventually lead to the loss of an innocent person’s life. If you watch the news there have been plenty examples of this type of implicit bias such as an Arizona officer who was acquitted for shooting an unarmed black man the man was sobbing and begging the officer not to kill him but the officer said Phillip Brailsford reached behind his back at the officer shot and killed him.

Implicit Bias James Brooks 1st Period After watching “Peanut butter, jelly and racism� I've learned that each person in life perceives each person they encounter with some kind of stereotype unconsciously knowing it. This is because all people no matter race,age,color, or ethnicity you in some way, shape, or form prefer one thing in your life more than another. The same works with most things in life like something as simple as beliefs so say if someone was to say God the first thing that would pop up in your head is Jesus or Mary because in life you've always heard or seen those two images together before because you've seen or heard those things together it's just what you're trained to do. The way implicit biases work are different for each and every individual that has them because Implicit biases are omnipresent. Everyone has them, even people with avowed commitments to impartiality such as judges. Also the implicit associations we hold do not necessarily go along with a persons declared beliefs or even reflect ones stances we would explicitly endorse. You could think you support something simply because it's what you believe is right but subconsciously you don't know that you have a bias that you don't know about that is making you choose what you support. Implicit and explicit biases are related but distinct mental constructs. They aren't mutually exclusive but may even reinforce each other making some of your biases harder to shake in comparison than others. People generally tend to hold implicit biases that favor their own ingroup, though research has shown that people may still hold implicit biases against their ingroup. For instance a white boy not liking black girls because when he was younger he the only representations of black people or women were always negative. Implicit biases are also malleable. The human brain is incredibly complex, and the implicit associations that we have formed can be gradually unlearned through a variety of debiasing techniques.It is not sufficient to adopt a commitment to anti bias practices because although you may say your going to try and be unbiased it'll be hard with you subconsciously implicit biases. So the first step in debiasing yourself and cleansing your mind for equality for everyone should be to create a foundation for understanding implicit bias, racial anxiety and stereotype threat.


The second step to become unbiased is create the language necessary to undertake debiasing such as removing any words in your vocabulary that could potentially strike that bias inside of you. People should al try to understand the manifestations of implicit bias & preference, cognitive dissonance, change blindness, cognitive modeling, inattentional blindness that come with implicit biases. The third and final step that you need to take to becoming unbiased is to become completely self aware of your own biases. Once you know exactly what your biases are you can try to actually control them and become a better member of society by not falling for racial, gender, or ethnic stereotypes that you may have unconciously been following or taking part of. implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner but in all implicit biases are purely malleable and can be untaught.

Stereotypes By Joseph Sams III

Stereotypes are widely believed, but yet oversimplified beliefs of a person or thing among a large group of people. Stereotypes mainly come from unsettling truth, whether or not it is oversimplified or not there will always be some behind it. For example there is a stereotype (one of many) of African Americans that all of us eat fried chicken and watermelon, which is laughable because of course the African American community holds a vegan and vegetarian group of people. Although many people say that stereotype doesn’t exist it shows, throughout outlets of media. If you watch a commercial of a predominant fried chicken restaurant or soul food restaurant, the actors in the commercial are predominantly African American. When you watch a Popeye’s commercial you will probably remember two things about the commercial, the Black woman in the beginning and the jingle from the black man at the end of the commercial “Love That Chicken from Popeye’s.” These little subliminal messages in commercials like that exploit stereotypes, show people how we are so divided by a few far-fetched beliefs I have been stereotyped all of my life, being an African American boy and at that being a plus sized male. I’ve walked down the street and watched a Caucasian man get out of his car and stare me down with a grimace and continually click the lock button on his car. When this first happened I was shocked that anyone would

believe that I could or would steal. My father later told me that there is a stereotype of African American men and boys being thieves and criminals is general. After that I continued to observe being stereotyped, for example to this day if I go shopping store clerks follow me to “make sure he’s not stealing.” At first I used to feel bad, that someone would think of me as a thief or criminal, but it would happen so much I just got used to it and took it in stride, because I hold myself to high standards, where I couldn’t allow myself to be a criminal. I have been stopped by police officers for literally nothing, just walking down the street with my headphones, being searched cussed and yelled at, for nothing. Oddly enough it was a black officer, but that let me realize that stereo types aren’t just believed by the counter pert race or ethnicity, it can be believed by its own people. If stereotyping can happen to a young man in the small city of Richmond, Virginia it definitely happens in all of the other parts of the U.S.

In conclusion, although stereotypes have SOME bit of truth in them they are not always right and should be treated as so. No one should be stereotyped just because of what they look like or sound like, and should be extinguished.

Joseph Sams III

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