I think this picture speaks for itself and it does a really good job in delivering its message. In today’s society, racial and ethnic stereotypes have become something so normal that we don’t even pay any mind to it when we see, hear, or think it. We just view it as something that is real rather than something fiction that we have created over time. Stereotypes, such as the ones shown in the picture above, are one of the reasons why race and ethnicity are so important in our everyday lives. They are a way of differentiating people based on their appearance. Most of the time these stereotypes are false and offensive to the people they target, as you can see in the picture.

Racial and ethnic stereotypes are one the reasons why certain groups are discriminated against and why prejudice is still around today. Many people, whether consciously or subconsciously, judge people based on the color of their skin or how they appear to be because of the stereotypes they have heard before. These stereotypes attach different social classes, moral ethics, and other characteristics to different ethnic and racial groups, which is a grand assumption since each of these groups are made of a number of different people, each with their own mind and way of doing things. What astonishes me the most about stereotypes is how enduring they are. They seem to become more and more important over time.

I feel like stereotypes are a lot like race and ethnicity in the sense that they are created by people, and are only as important as people make them to be. That being said, I don’t think stereotypes will disappear or become unimportant any time soon because people, no matter how wrong they know it is to assume certain things about a person based on stereotypes they’ve heard about that person’s race or ethnicity, will always thinks these things in the back of their heads when they meet someone new. It has become a part of human nature almost to judge a person and assume certain things about them solely based on their appearance.

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One response

  1. Skye Horner says:

    I like your interpretation! This is mine! http://500px.com/SkyePhotos
    Thanks for taking the time to look at it.