The appearance of a person in general is one of the most important causes of stereotypes. People usually tend to stereotype a person from what they see and think. In Brent Staples’s “Just Walk On By: A Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter Public Space,” he experienced a certain stereotype from a white woman because of his appearance. He explained, “To her, the youngish black man—a broad six feet two inches with a bread and billowing hair, both hands shoved into the pockets of a bulky military jacket—seemed menacing close” (Staples 343). That white woman labeled Staples as a dangerous person who might hurt her, so she ran away as soon as she could. In other words, people usually define “‘suspicious characters’” as “‘swarthy’ or ‘dark and foreign-looking’” (Heilbroner 372). Moreover, “[m]ixed cultural signals have perpetuated certain stereotypes” (Ortiz Cofer 378). Ortiz Cofer experienced the typical stereotype as a Hispanic woman in the United States. For instance, the Latin women are usually viewed as the “‘hot tamale’” by using the words like “‘sizzling’” or “‘smoldering’” for definitions...
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...r object is unique and special; therefore, the big picture is what we should always look at. Avoiding stereotypes is more rewarding, which will make us to live our life much easier.
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Heilbroner, Robert L. "Don't Let Stereotypes Warp Your Judgement." We Are America: A Thematic Reader and Guide To Writing. 6th ed. Ed. Anna Joy. Boston: Wadsworth, 2008. 372-375. Print.
Ortiz Cofer, Judith. "The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named María." We Are America: A Thematic Reader and Guide To Writing. 6th ed. Ed. Anna Joy. Boston: Wadsworth, 2008. 376-380. Print.
Staples, Brent. "Just Walk On By: A Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter Public Space." We Are America: A Thematic Reader and Guide To Writing. 6th ed. Ed. Anna Joy. Boston: Wadsworth, 2008. 343-346. Print.
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