Stereotype – It’s the belief that a specific group of people share similar traits and behave in identical ways. Everyone is born into a negative, stereotypical world. No one is safe from insults, discrimination and segregation. Everyone should be proud of where they came from, but stereotypes may break that willful pride.
Being from an Southeast Asian background, I’ve been judged based on “the word” of television and songs. Whether it was something good like, “intelligent at math” or disrespectful like “you two look alike”, I’ve always felt offended. Even if the accusation was something that matched myself, I didn’t see the necessity of labeling me into a isolated kind of group. Stereotypes prevent others from seeing who the person really is. They will only see what they expect in the person. Iowa State stated, “When people don’t fit our stereotypes, we often assume they are an exception to the rule rather than questioning our stereotypes.”
The thing about stereotypes is that we see and hear it everywhere. As a kid, while in arguments with children from other races, we would go back and forth with stereotypical racial slurs. Looking back on it now, I can see just how violent and impacting a saying can be. “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,” says says University of Toronto Scarborough’s Michael Inzlicht.
Stereotyping can be an act of bullying. Studies have shown that people perform poorly in situations where they feel they are being stereotyped. It is an issue that should be taken into consideration.