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smycynek said in March 28th, 2010 at 1:22 pm

I agree. I think it is a natural tendency for a group to assume that some common trait is unique to it.

One stereotype I’ve always kind of laughed at is the notion of a family of a particular ethnicity that likes to sing, drink, dance, and eat a lot. Greeks? Italians? Indians? Jews? Irish? Sound familiar? It would be easier to list ethnicities that _aren’t_ known for being jolly around the dinner table (Maybe the Japanese?).

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Ron Newman said in March 28th, 2010 at 7:11 pm

I’d say that the English, Germans, and Scandinavians are not especially known for that ;-)

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junecstraight said in March 29th, 2010 at 4:45 pm

I think stereotypes are bad when that’s all a person can see in a group of people. But just like people are drawn to social networking, we’re also wired to categorize and label people, places and things. That’s what we do. We have to point out what’s different, why we’re special, better even. It’s part of our DNA. SN: I always find it stupid and annoying when people whine about reinforcing stereotypes … minorities have to get over the idea that they represent their whole race. That’s ridiculous. Do you think there are white parents wagging fingers at their children, telling them they’ve made life harder for white people everywhere?! Come on!

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Rima said in March 29th, 2010 at 4:54 pm

“Minorities have to get over the idea that they represent their whole race. That’s ridiculous.”

Well said, June. This is definitely the flip-side to the issue. Having X, Y, and Z personality traits doesn’t do a thing to make you any more or less Nigerian, French, Indian, Pakistani, etc.

The only white parents I can see wagging their fingers at kids for not being white enough are white supremacists!

It’s definitely a whole different ball game with minorities, particularly minority groups struggling to keep their motherlands’ identities alive while living in the US. Speaking from personal experience, there were people in my life who thought I wasn’t “Indian” enough growing up.

Have any of you seen the “CUZ I’M _____” videos on YouTube? Check these out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cgFgJmbQgg – Cuz I’m Asian
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cRpIYpdjRY – Cuz I’m Scottish
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnqrXcXs4Ok – Because I’m Indian.

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