Robert L. Heilbroner's The Mask You Live In: An Analysis

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Are you going to sell tacos when you grow up? Are you an illegal Mexican who crossed the border? Soccer is only enjoyed by Mexicans. All the jokes and more I’ve been told by friends before, every single remark I can think of from the top of my head. It is not as funny as I thought it would be but way more confusing even if I caught the gist of it. In the article “Don’t Let Stereotypes Warp Your Judgement”, Robert L. Heilbroner argues that everyone stereotypes in different ways. In the video “The Mask You Live In”, Jennifer Siebel Newsom documents how younger boys have to face stereotyping anytime in their life from any actions they do specifically or emotionally. Even if people find these jokes humorous, starting off as children, we usually…show more content…
According to Heilbroner, “we begin to typecast people in our childhood years” (2). People do start off as children just by watching their favorite cartoons or movies. Children can easily spot who the bad guy and the good guy is by what the characters portray. It can even depend on what the characters look like for what role they play. Stereotyping from the way they sound, look, what they wear and their names. Children practically grow-up stereotyping, and as they get older they begin to create these witty jokes. In addition, Heilbroner claims that, “In fact, without such stereotypes, there would be a lot of fewer jokes we hear and repeat” (2). From my personal experiences, I have always heard adolescents make stereotypical jokes and use them against someone, in any type of situation. Usually said on campus, in the streets, and especially at home. It has never really been classic jokes or riddles, it has always been jokes about someone specifically. Because stereotyped jokes have always been around being said to someone, starting as a child and still as an adult. Because people continue to stereotype, many are unaware of how it may impact someone, the harm they have to face as a child or

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