March 26, 2015
Stereotypes affects negatively for personal
Nowadays, although there doesn't exist a significant racial discrimination around us, we often hear some generalizations about other races. People learn races using a king of fixed opinion, like all Asians are short, Latina are hot, and African are good at athletics. Even though some of these are true and harmless, they still have lots of negative effects. Additionally, most of those statements are harmful. This fixed opinion influence personal thought, and victims are often physically and psychologically hurt. Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston state those negative effects in “Farewell to Manzanar.” During WWII, Japanese were detained since the American government considered them as a threat to American safety. Furthermore, in Brent Staples' article, “Just Walk on By : Black Men and Public Space,” he tells us those own feeling as a African American man who is usually viewed as criminal when he walks at night. After reading those articles, I summed up the points about negative effects of stereotypes. Stereotypes cause a divide between people and push people to change themselves to be acceptable.
Although most stereotypes may not hurtful, most stereotypes affect some obvious negative effects of victims. Whether stereotypes are obvious or hidden, they always are found by victims. A dirty look, an action, and a word all are kinds of expressions for stereotypes. Effects breed in victims' heart are hidden and enduring. While I read Brent Staples' article “Just Walk on By: Black Men and Public Space,” normal people still exists prejudice against most of the black. Brent writes “As a softy who is scarcely able to take a knife to raw chicken—let alone hold it to a person’s throat—I was surprised, embarrassed, and dismayed all at once” (206). He is a gentle, goodness, and sensitiveness black guy. When Staples is viewed as a dangerous night-walker, he feels himself is...