Stereotypes Essay

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stereotypes





stereotypes:  -- "Dumb jocks!", "Women don't belong
there, doing that!", "He must be a
criminal, just look at his clothes." How often have we heard somebody
mention
these things, yet, how often have we said something similar?
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[Category]:
Social Issues
[Paper Title]:
stereotypes
[Text]:
-- "Dumb jocks!", "Women don't belong there, doing
that!", "He must be a
criminal, just look at his clothes." How often have we heard somebody
mention
these things, yet, how often have we said something similar? Our society is
based
on face values where we categorize people because of the actions of a few.
All of
the above statements are prejudicial notions used to define members of a
social or
an ethnic group, and are called stereotypes. Unfortunately, stereotypes
negatively
affect our ability to understand members of a different group or ethnicicity,
and
are we usually resistant to change because of them. We stereotype various
groups
of people, but none like professional athletes, women, and different ethnic
groups
in our country.
Professional Basketball, Football, and Baseball players have been the
victims of many stereotypes. Hearing people call them dumb is common. A
misconception by many people is that pro athletes aren't educated. This is
such a
farce since the vast majority of them have attended prestigious colleges and
universities, and received degrees in different fields of study. A popular
misconception is that the educations they did earn were in areas like Liberal
Arts,
or other general fields of study which didn't challenge their mental
capabilities.
Another stereotype is that pro athletes received preferential treatment while
in
college. Many believe that if an athlete needs a certain grade to remain
eligible to
play sports, then the faculty would grade him or her lighter than the rest of
the
class. We have also stereotyped athletes as "above" the law. There
have been, on
occasion, incidents where a pro- athlete is treated better by the justice
system than
an average citizen wo! uld be in the same situation. We are satisfied to say
it's
because of the athletes fame and wealth, but fail to realize that it was
probably a
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