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Oct 28 2007

the list of stereotypes

I taught a lesson during the fourth week of school about stereotypes. My students compiled lists of stereotypes that people have about them (Black people) and the stereotypes they have about White and Latino people. It was a very well-received lesson, and I think my students got a lot of out it. Here are the lists:

Stereotypes about Black people:

  • Stupid
  • Irresponsible
  • Crack babies
  • Teen pregnancy
  • Drop-outs
  • Incarcerated
  • Fathers leave their kids
  • Love fried chicken and Kool-Aid
  • Hard workers? Lazy? (there was considerable debate on this)
  • Athletic
  • Violent
  • Live in the ghetto/the projects
  • Wasted generation
  • Loud, obnoxious, rude
  • Nappy hair
  • Bad attitudes, disrespectful
  • Hoodlums
  • Poor
  • Obese
  • Dirty
  • Sex, drugs, porn, weed
  • Guns
  • Low job expectations
  • Speak different English
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Stereotypes about White people:

  • Eating disorders
  • Trailer trash, rednecks
  • Very proper
  • Sense of entitlement, power
  • Always think they’re right
  • Rich with big houses
  • Have better jobs
  • Racist
  • Smart
  • Priority is staying in a relationship
  • Drink a lot of beer
  • No rhythm and bad music
  • Serial killers, suicidal
  • Can’t discipline their kids
  • Like crack, ecstasy, LSD, PCP
  • Origin of AIDS
  • Gay
  • Stuck-up
  • Nerds
  • Always in a hurry and on time
  • Impatient, rude
  • Scared
  • Can’t dress
  • Not funny
  • Not athletic
  • Plastic surgery
  • Serious
  • Smell funny
  • Blush

Stereotypes about Latino people:

  • Construction workers
  • Flirtatious, lots of PDA
  • “wetbacks”
  • family-oriented
  • dangerous, gang members
  • taking over everything
  • filling cars with people
  • illegal immigrants!
  • Hard workers, odd jobs
  • Stealing music
  • Thieves
  • Ruthless
  • Fake teeth
  • Jewelry
  • Greasy hair
  • Spicy food
  • Run-down houses
  • Don’t use their intelligence
  • Nosy
  • Too many kids

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