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Stereotypes in American Life
A look at the nature of stereotypes in America.
# 139340 | 2,500 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in African-American Studies (Racism) , Sociology (General)

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This paper describes the nature of stereotypes in America and in American society. It argues that their existence is unfortunate, and that they can and do affect people in a negative way. To exemplify the sinister nature of stereotypes, the paper explores stereotypes of African Americans. The paper takes something of an historical approach, in that it examines the origins of stereotypes and how they have survived to the present day.

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"In every country on this planet, people generate stereotypes to conceal their ignorance of other ethnicities and cultures. Even though America probably cultivates the most stereotypes because of its diversity, stereotyping is a global phenomenon. It is a human phenomenon that must come from a primal mentality of fearing what is different. So all humans want to generalize and fictionalize people who are different, if only because it's easier than taking the risk of learning about other cultures. Of course, not everyone believes in stereotypes - some people actually get to know people who have different shades of skin, practice other religions, and come from foreign cultures. This is an amazing feat in..."

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