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Them and Us Father Mother and All the people like us Are We and every one else is They And They live over the Sea While We live Over the way But-would you Believe it They Look upon We As only a sort of They There is a tendency among many people to categorize individuals who look act and come from the same background as us and to categorize those who differ from this group of people as They However people who are considered to be they in their perspective consider us as they This is an explanation of how stereotypes are created Stereotypes affect the manner in which people interact with others of a different race or ethnicity age group religious background or sexual orientation Gender stereotypes are also prevalent within the mass media A stereotype is an oversimplified generalization about a certain class of people When people say that all members of a specific nationality religion race or gender are cheap lazy criminal or dumb they are expressing stereotypes All groups have both cheap and generous individuals and those who commit crimes To label an entire group based on the action of a few is to engage in stereotyping The most common stereotypes that exist today have negatively impacted various groups of people In our society there are many stereotypes created about nationalities that in return underestimate the power of each individual of a group People from different nationalities are considered to be they For example Asians may be stereotyped as being disciplined hard-working people who excel in mathematics while African Americans or Mexicans may be viewed in a more negative light In Mother Tongue Amy Tan was trying to disprove the existing stereotype about Chinese people being good at precise science so she went against the existing opinion and became a famous American writer Richard Rodriguez in Complexion tried to prove that the Mexicans could excel in a field other
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