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The Color of America Americans have the tendency to make judgments based on appearances A man dressed in dirty torn rags walking down the street would be considered poor and homeless Women that dress in tight clothes or short skirts are almost instantly categorized as being promiscuous Unfortunately stereotypes negatively affect the ability to understand members of a different group or ethnicity and people are usually resistant to change because of them Various groups of people are stereotyped for many reasons but none like different ethnic groups in this country America is one big melting pot of culture religion and ethnicities Because of this many different ideas and beliefs conflict and racial discrimination is created The most common stereotypes are those which are aimed at different ethnic or racial groups African-American stereotypes are the most obvious People have often stereotyped young black men as gang members solely because of the kind of clothes they wear The media constantly blasts images of black men involved in crime and gang-banging across the six oclock news but hardly ever the White or Asian doing the same If one black man is a criminal so are the rest of them This acquisition places all black males together in a group Whatever happened to individuality What is the point of classifying races together Just because one black man robbed a liquor store doesnt mean that every other one will too To think this is ignorant and stupid Every human born in this country has the same rights and freedoms as another Each person has a chance to make their life into whatever they want it to be regardless if they are black white purple or green People have also stereotyped African-Americans as the largest ethnic group on public assistance which is not true at all It just seems that way because people are ignorant to the fact that whites make up most of the welfare system They are
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