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28 Oct

In the past two weeks in class, we talked a lot about race. Race is defined as the concept of dividing people into populations or groups on the basis of biology and various sets of physical characteristics like skin color, facial characteristics, etc. We have made some progress in the United States, but race is still a huge issue. We automatically assume or judge a person just on by the way we look. Before we go any further, remember race and ethnicity can be separate. Ethnicity can be defined by population of human beings whose members identify with each other & share cultural identity on the basis of a real or a presumed common genealogy or ancestry. An example of this would be a person who looks like they are from Japan, (racial category: Japanese) but be ethnically American because they were born and raised in the U.S.

We often tend to assume what a person likes or how they grew up just by the color of their skin or their ethnically. We watched a video in class that was called “ If Asian people said the stuff white people say.” It was about the stereotypes white people assume about Asians. After watching that video I noticed it wasn’t just what white people assumed, but pretty much what everybody thinks about Asians. While the video was playing I was thinking to myself wow, I really have asked this questions before. Before I show you a prime example of what I’m talking about, lets define stereotype. A Stereotype can be defined as an exaggerated image/perception of a group that still remains even after contrary evidence has been given.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7cTiVWPUuc

Take this clip for example. Skip to the 2:43 mark where they’re talking about the difference between a white kids name and a black kids name. The stereotype that this clip is showing is that a persons name is always easier to pronounce than a black person. As true as some people might think this is, this is a key example of a stereotype. I’ve personally only been in one situation that a black person name was difficult to pronounce. Yes it’s true that black people, specifically people from Africa, have more unique names than the white culture. But you can’t say all of our names is difficult because it’s not true. It’s popular in pop culture to view this stereotype as true.

Take the newest show Key & Peele below. This flips the typical stereotype we are use to seeing. In this skit you have a black teacher getting the entire white students names wrong. The reaction on the white students faces is exactly how a black student would react in this situation. At the end of the skit, the finally calls on the black student who’s name he gets right the first time.

Hilarious ->  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dd7FixvoKBw

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