What is a stereotype?

What is a stereotype?

WHAT IS A STEREOTYPE? Definition: Stereotypes are characteristics assigned to groups of people by gender, race, national origin and other factors.

These characteristics tend to be oversimplifications of the groups. For example, someone who encounters someone of a particular race or ethnicity for the first time may tend to judge everyone within that race or ethnicity by their previous experience. A generalization such as this doesnt allow for diversity within groups and may result in

stigmatization and discrimination of groups if the stereotypes linked to them are largely negative. Other Examples: Some people have said that the new TV show Empire implies that most hip-hop artist did in

fact start out by dealing drugs and maintain the lifestyle even after becoming successful. All White people are Racists All Blondes are Stupid

All Jocks are stupid All Asians are smart Black people are good at basketball All southerners are rednecks and dimwitted. STEREOTYPES STEREOTYPES


N? Prejudice 1.an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason. 2. any preconceived opinion or feeling, either favorable or

unfavorable. 3. unreasonable feelings, opinions, or attitudes, especially of a hostile nature, regarding an ethnic, racial, religious, or social group. To "discriminate" means to distinguish, single out, or make a

distinction. In everyday life, when faced with more than one option, we discriminate in arriving at almost every decision we make. But in the context of civil rights law, unlawful discrimination refers to unfair or unequal treatment of an individual (or

group) based on certain characteristics. Example: Harassment inappropriate jokes, insults, namecalling or displays such as a poster or cartoons directed at a person because of their race, colour, sex or gender, sexual orientation, etc. Being fired when you are pregnant (sex

discrimination) or are injured and need time off to heal (discrimination based on disability and the duty to accommodate). Discrimination in housing When seeking an apartment for rent, the landlord tells you that no children are allowed (discrimination based on family status) or they wont rent to people under 25 years (age discrimination) because theyre too noisy and



Age Disability Ethnicity Gender Marital status

National origin Race, Religion Sexual orientation

WHAT IS RACISM? Racism a belief or doctrine that inherent difference s amongthe various human racial groups d etermine

cultural or individual achievement, usually involvin g the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to dominate others or that a particular raci al group is inferior to the others.

Example: School Finance: Millions of African American and Latino young people in the United States dont get an education equal to that of many whites, partly because the urban schools they go to dont have as much money as the schools in predominantly white suburbs. This happens

because much of the money for schools come from local property taxes. In communities where the houses and businesses are less expensive, the schools dont get enough money to provide a high quality education. This is unfair and is referred to as institutional racism. If we financed schools all the same, every student, regardless of his or her "race", could go to a high quality school that was

the equal of the schools other students attend. RACISM RACISM

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