incomplete. They make one story become the only story.”
-- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
What is it about the way we think of or perceive the world that makes us box people or things into specific groups or categories? A stereotype is an overgeneralized concept about a certain class of people or set of things. I did not believe in it being either a good or a bad thing and yes, I grouped people it myself. If it helps me remember them, understand an underlying trait in each group, why not? Building up from judgements and assumptions, stereotypes have changed the way we look at and even interact with people.
So why is this topic even relevant for discussion. So maybe it is true and you know what, generalization is usually helpful. You can open conversations, relate more and maybe even understand someone more if you know more about them. The general stereotype helps build up this so no, it is not bad.
The entire list of positives is great and certainly very helpful if what they convey is true. ‘If’ being the operative word here. One of the biggest reasons against this idea of stereotyping is the fact that most of the times they are untrue. Not every blonde is dumb just like not every Asian is a genius. You cannot have the great conversation you are looking for if you have already assumed what the person you will talk to is going to like.
Although you may not think that this is an important topic to analyze in the current political and cultural atmosphere I believe it is the ignorance of this topic, that is contributing to this atmosphere. Not all whites are haters, not all blacks crooks and not all Muslims are terrorists. And this comes from a person who fits into none of these categories. People are not supermarket products, do not label them.
-- Anokhi Kashiparekh