The Myth Of The Latin Woman

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On of the essential human abilities is the ability to judge. People judge other people by many factors such as race, gender, sexuality, political stance etc. People enjoy judging and, especially, they enjoy creating stereotypes. A psychological perquisite for forming stereotypes lies in the necessity of generalization of information about the people around. Following the stereotypes, one can simplify the whole picture of the world and make it more comprehensible. But very often the stereotypes appear to be too generalized or wrong. One of the crucial social issues in the United States is constant racial stereotyping of ethnic minorities, which leads to the emergence of such phenomena as racism and discrimination. Brent Staples in his essay “Just Walk on By: Black Men and Public Space” and Judith Ortiz Cofer in her work “The Myth of the Latin Woman: Just Met a Girl Named Maria” both make several important observations about the biased attitude of the whites to ethnic minorities in the United States. Although both authors present their own life experiences and reveal the harmful consequences of racial stereotyping in the society their points of view on the ways of avoiding the conflict situations based on those misunderstandings are different. First of all, some…show more content…
Although, from a psychological point of view stereotyping help human brain to comprehend this world the prejudiced image built in it is can change a behavior of a person towards others. Brent Staples in his essay “Just Walk on By: Black Men and Public Space” and Judith Ortiz Cofer in her work “The Myth of the Latin Woman: Just Met a Girl Named Maria” both revealed the problem of racial discriminations of ethnic minorities in America. Despite the fact that both authors described their own life experience and emphasize the necessity to ruin the existing stereotypes they presented different ways of solving the
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