Dumb Blondes, Smart Asians, and Fat Americans
The world has changed a lot since the 1900's. Women have equal rights as men. Black people can enter any building or establishment without fear. Gays can be open about their beliefs. But is the world really free of old judgments? Statistically women with the same job as a man have lower pay. Black people are still scrutinized for their culture, especially in the way they dress and their dialect. Gay people are normal occurrences in today's society, but they aren't allowed to marry. If this is supposed to be an era of change and equality, why do these old habits linger? Why can't our society be filled with people of different races and cultures that all blend together with no difficulties?
The reason is stereotypes. You hear them everyday, whether it be through media and television or through daily conversations; stereotypical jokes come up all the time. Some of them are silly and common, like dumb blondes, smart Asians, and fat Americans. However there are more insensitive and unkind judgements that sometimes slither into our daily dialogue. Some like lazy Mexicans, all Muslims are terrorists, and Jews are greedy and selfish. But people do not realize how hurtful these stereotypes can be. They may just be teasing, but when they tease people about them they turn from harmless jokes to cruel insults.
Stereotypes are wrong, most simply put, but they have been ingrained into our mind sets from day one. From our parents and grandparents we receive our views and perspectives, however misguided and biased they may be. However to change out society we must make a change within ourselves. To discontinue the hate and unfairness, we must condemn the use of them entirely. You may say to yourself, "I'm not racist or sexist, and I don't make these jokes, so I don't approve of these stereotypes." The truth is this: unless we completely detest them, our society will remain greatly imperfect. Even though society will never be perfect, having everyone love each others differences will make our world a little more beautiful.