Negative Stereotypes In Society

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As stated by businesswoman Sheryl Sandberg; We can each define ambition and progress for ourselves. The goal is to work toward a world where expectations are not set by the stereotypes that hold us back, but by our personal passion, talents, and interests. (Brainy Quote) A stereotype is defined as a widely held, but fixed and oversimplified image or an idea of a particular type of person or thing. Stereotyping involves making a hasty judgment about someone or something, based on their appearance. Some stereotypes include: all teenagers are rebels, if someone spends too much time reading or surfing the web, they are geeks, and all Muslim are terrorists. Stereotypes affect everyone in every aspect of their lives, even if they do not recognize it. Oversimplification is a mental shortcut where humans prefer everything be in a small little group. The consequence of stereotypes is severe and can last a lifetime. As a Muslim American, I have been stereotyped countless amount of times and from personal experience, stereotypes hinder us in understanding one another through stereotypical threats, such as reduced performance in academic and non-academic settings, and thinking, and behavior toward others When one sees a Muslim person, the first thought that goes through his/her mind is that he or she might be a terrorist. Without even knowing someone, majority of today 's society is quick to judge someone based on his/her appearance. As more and more media outlets stereotype the Muslim
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