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-- Dumb jocks Women dont 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 arent 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 didnt 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 its because of the athletes fame and wealth but fail to realize that it was probably a first offense or to follow the story up and see that punishment was dealt accordingly Additionally we have
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