Stereotyping

Topic: delve into your past and recall a time when you stereotyped someone or was stereotyped by another. The best instances to explore are those where the stereotype blew up — that is, the presumption being made based upon appearance, race, social class, etc.,

Subject: English

Your third essay is to, like Brent Staples does in "Just Walk On By," think outside of the box of stereotyping.

Stereotyping presently has a bad rap. We all know we shouldn’t do it, and yet we also know we do. Everyday, every hour, maybe every minute, we stereotype someone or something. Yet, like Brent Staples,* we don’t need to play victim or perpetrator in this cycle — we can develop responsibility for this human propensity.

For this assignment, delve into your past and recall a time when you stereotyped someone or was stereotyped by another. The best instances to explore are those where the stereotype blew up — that is, the presumption being made based upon appearance, race, social class, etc., fell away and the human being emerged into view.

These experiences can be quite funny, or quite painful. For your assignment, your goal is to take us into the experience, showing, not telling, of stereotyping another or being stereotyped yourself. Like Staples does, analyze the phenomenon, striving to give us an objective perspective. Attempt to outline the psycho-dynamics involved. Then, give us your conclusion. What can we learn about stereotyping from your account?

I hope everyone noticed how Staples never blames the society around him for the injustices he has endured, nor does he play the victim of the obvious madness of racial stereotyping. Staples is able to hold the phenomenon as a human one, common to all. In the same way, Viktor Frankl never plays victim or seeks sympathy from the reader — nor does he demonize the Nazis. This ability to view human behavior with such profound objectivity is the hallmark a truly mature thinker.

Last Updated on February 11, 2019 by EssayPro