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Think Twice Before You Judge Ethnic stereotype is a false statement that has been repeated so many times that is accepted by many people as generally true The use of ethnic stereotypes often leads to misunderstanding and hurt feelings Some stereotypes based on unbiased observations of actual behavior can be accurate and useful During my first semester at KCC my friend and I went to the library to get a current event from the TV for an upcoming assignment As we were watching the news she commented that she was afraid of North Korea more than Iraq because and I quote Dont take this the wrong way but Koreans are cruel ruthless killers I was completely shocked and speechless My Korean blood was boiling inside but I managed to act cool and said that there are cruel people in every community Of all things I didnt expect her to make a rude comment like that I felt really upset because she is my best friend and I couldnt possibly think why she said something so rude and hurtful Name-calling pre-judgments false assumptions of ethnic stereotyping are all examples of small-scaled problems in our society Ethnic stereotyping can lead to irrational fear suspicion and hate that will represent a major threat to democratic and open society This can also lead to social harm when the categories we create to group people become the basis for prejudice As a society we need to become more culturally competent This is having cultural awareness and sensitivity towards others Cultural competence teaches appropriate behaviors respect and mutual understanding We need to learn respect what we may not always understand another individuals experience We need to accept the fact that we may not always know everything We need to have the willingness to pursue information in all ways available to us As individuals we need to learn about culture and need to explore our own cultures We can do this through
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