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Stereotypes Essay

802 words - 4 pages

English Composition 101.0816
October 31, 2013    
Don’t Let Stereotypes Warp Your Judgment

 The author’s essay “Don’t Let Stereotypes Warp Your Judgments” by Robert Heilbroner discusses about the many faces of stereotyping. Heilbroner reminds us that stereotyping affects many areas of our lives from how we view the world as a whole to how we view each individually. According to Heilbroner there is nothing positive/good about stereotyping. The author states that it makes people lazy thinkers and that it harms both the people we are stereotyping and ourselves. The author gives us three ways we can stop stereotyping people. 
      My grandmother believed that all hispanic people are ...view middle of the document...

When I was in elementary school we had a lot of Hispanics and European students and very few African Americans, and in my grade there was only one African American student who was brought up just like me.  It would have been so easy for me to fall for the idea that all African Americans are just like me, but because I went to high school and was mostly populated with more African Americans than the other ethnicity; I did not believe this stereotype.  I could have looked my African American friend in elementary school as an exception to the rule, but chose instead to believe that there were many African American brought up very differently from how my friend from elementary school was raised. So, now I understand why many people do stereotype them.
      I am Chinese and Dominican. When I use to take my grandmother out to the senior center or to meet with one of her friends; my grandmother would introduce me to them as her grandson. They would all say that I am not her grandson since I don’t look Chinese at all. I was so surprised how Chinese people don’t really consider me to be Chinese and this goes along with my Dominican side too.  In the Chinese world I look hispanic and in the hispanic world I look Asian. Basically, I...

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