However, the comments did bother me. Later on in the store, the same people mimicked me because I was looking at the electronics. They assumed because I am Asian, that am good with electronics. Well am very good with computers and I receive stereotype in a negative way sometimes because of it. Believe this specific type of racial stereotype would be an example of an Inductive reasoning. Inductive reasoning involves generalizations including types of stereotyping. For example, “If a person comes to the SIS for the first time and encounters a few rude people.
They an generalize and stereotype saying that All American people are rude. ” Of course, this is false and cannot be correct because one person is creating a hasty generalization based upon a few first time experiences. The same for me being Asian; just because I am Asian and I am good with computers, I am also an expert of electronics as well as math. I get jokes from people and comments like “of course you are good with computers, you are Asian. ” While this may not always be a negative stereotype, it is still wrong to assume something based on a race or religion. It is like the old saying of “judging a kook by its cover. One cannot understand what an individual does or thinks just based on race, looks, or gender. A second type of stereotyping I was involved in was based on my size. This was a stereotype based on my race in a more negative way. I am short; my height is 5’1. I receive jokes because am short and all Asians are short. How can do “man” things when I am so short. Like being tall makes you manlier. Am not tall and stocky. This affects me to a certain degree. Again, this is an Inductive argument. This is because Inductive arguments are based on the generalization or assumption of arability versus certainty.
These types of examples are inductive but inaccurate. These stereotypes are based on negative encounters or negative experiences without enough supporting data to back up the reason for the stereotype. There are a few errors in judgment in this situation. It is like saying all Asians are skinny, or all Asians are short. While statistics show that a great percentage of Asians are short and skinny, this is not all. In fact, the world’s tallest man was actually Asian. There are obese Asian individuals as well. Any characterization of groups complied of opinions are not relevant ND are just mere stereotype.
Some stereotypes are good and some are negative. Stereotype allows individuals to know something familiar. A stereotype characterized a race or a specific mood of people into groups. For example, when we hear gothic; most people think black, cold hearted, chains, heavy metal music. In actuality gothic is just a sense of style and expression. Not all people that dress in all black are gothic. Not all people who are Gothic are sadistic and cold hearted. These hasty generalizations can hurt people in the long and short term. In a positive aspect, African American’s are troopers as being good basketball players.
Well just because someone is African American does not mean they have a basketball court in their backyard or watch the game weekly. This pee of generalization is not really negative and harmful to a person; however, this assumption is still not good. Any assumption is unhealthy unless backed by statistics. A good assumption would be something in reference to climate. For example, ‘Texas is like a dessert, we better pack lots of water and stay hydrated. ” This is an assumption based on geographical location with substantial supporting evidence. In this aspect, it is good to assume dessert conditions and be prepared.
I personally believe that any assumption involving human kind is wrong ethically and morally. We are all individuals and therefore our actions are unlike the person next to us. With that said this brings me to my last example of stereotyping. I was guilty of stereotyping a race myself. Am active duty Army and I was deploying overseas. We are briefed and trained on the signs of danger and be aware Of the warning signs of terrorists and suicide bombers. It is not right however, it was like second nature to stereotype all Middle Eastern individuals. Each person looked at while deployed my first time, I looked at like the enemy.
I had to be safe and assume all people to be “the bad guy’ you could say. This of course is not right. The media does not help either. This is what mean when I say that stereotyping allows people to expect something. When people hear of the Taliban, they think Middle Eastern people that hate the US, wear turbans, and make plots to harm us. This is not true and I learned this first hand. It is hard to be at war with the Middle East and not stereotype the entire culture. My second tour my MOMS (job in the military) changed from infantry to the hospital.
My second tour enabled me to see the innocent side of the Middle Eastern culture. Taught classes to everyday people living like you and l. People that lived like we live. They went to work, went home to a family at night, and were just as innocent to the war as we are here in our living rooms. This was an emotional tour and a revelation. It is hard to imagine with what we hear over here in the US. When actually living in the other culture and seeing first-hand how innocent they really are. They are just a culture under the control of a leader just as we are here. I really had to step back.