Stereotypes

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From left to right: Ryan Reeves, Hannah Patel, Chukwuzam Idehen

From left to right: Ryan Reeves, Hannah Patel, Chukwuzam Idehen

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From left to right: Ryan Reeves, Hannah Patel, Chukwuzam Idehen

Nisha Patel

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Stereotypes Take a Toll in Society

For generations certain ethnic groups are associated with typical stereotypes. From liking fried chicken because you are black to mowing lawns because you are Hispanic. Stereotyping comments have played a big role in today’s society and are said on a daily basis. Stereotyping can be a form of racism, but is always frowned upon. With Indian Land being a large group with a variety of cultures, stereotyping is prominent throughout our school.

After interviewing certain ethnicities, it seems everyone has a fixed impression or expectation of how each individual culture should behave. Students and teachers all truthfully admit that they use or have used stereotypical phrases in their lives. The individuals interviewed had both positive and negative connotations associated with their heritage. Some said it was their identity while others are not proud of who they are.

Stereotyping and profiling have been around for ages and possibly will be here for generations to come. Take Ahmed for example, the young man who brought a homemade clock to his school to show his teacher,  but before he could explain what it was she called the cops.  She thought it was a bomb. This 14 year-old Muslim boy was arrested from school and taken into custody.  The misunderstanding soon led to an invitation to the White House and praise from president Obama himself. But just think, all of this could have been avoided if the teacher would have just let the kid explain what he made, instead of assuming the worst because of his skin color and name. 

Spanish teacher Mrs. Demera says, “When people say black kids or white kids I ask why not just say kids because if you peel the skin off we are all the same.” This quote has a strong meaning because not only is it true but it is inspirational. It makes you realize that while culture and ethnicity define people, but if united we make an even stronger community.

From left to right: Ryan Reeves, Hannah Pate, Chukwuzam Idehen. This picture shows different skin tones to show diversity in school

From left to right: Ryan Reeves, Hannah Patel, Chukwuzam Idehen. This picture shows different skin tones to show diversity in school.

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