These Stereotypes Need to Stop!

by Noemielongpre on October 21, 2016 - 10:28pm

Everyone knows that racism, still today, impacts many people's life and can change who they are forever. In the article "Daily Tournament of Racism in the Classroom", the author, Divya Talwar, reveals the horrible story of the 14-year-old little girl named Khadeja Fahat. She has been bullied by other students only because she wore a headscarf and looked different. After Khadeja's story, it reminded me of a concept we discussed in my Race and Racism class, which is stereotypes. We can refer to stereotypes as a false or generalized conception of a group of people that result in an unconscious or conscious categorization of each member of that group, without regard for individual differences. Many stereotypes about Muslims are mostly about them being terrorists, Taliban, or that they were all part of the horrible tragedy in New York the 9/11. The 14-year-old has been at least once called all of these names and this is why it reminds me of stereotypes because what the students actually did was to generalize that all Muslims are the same and act the same way. Stereotypes are everywhere; in the T.V. shows we watch, the songs we listen to, in publicities, etc.

When the author of this article talked about the fact that Khadeja Fahat had stopped eating and did not want to go to school anymore due to the bullying she was facing, really touched me emotionally due to the fact that I have some friends that have been through the same situation. They faced discrimination only because they were a different nationality and they have also been called names sush as "negro" which is unacceptable in our society. To sum up, why do people keep putting everyone in the same category when we all know that none of us are alike in the way we think, act and do things.

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Work Cited

Talwar, D. (2012, May 23). Daily Tournament of Racism in the Classroom. CBC News. Retrieved from http://www.bbc.com/news/education-18150650

Comments

I was drawn to this post because stereotypes is something that bothers me a lot. I had a sad reaction to this post; It's terrible enough that adults and teens experience racism, but little children? That's so terrible to see and find out. Children who have experienced racism develop insecurities, anxiety, and depression. When you're young like that I believe that's the time to be carefree and happy all of the time and excited for what the world has to offer, not worry about who's going to accept you and who's not going to accept you. I remember being in the middle school and seeing all the little black girls always wanting to straighten their hair, they hated their natural curls. I also recall many times that some girls who didn't have their hair straightened would be very insecure with their curls and would just try to put it in a bun or put their hoodie or hat on whenever they could. I could tell they were't as confident with their natural selves. It's really sad honestly. I feel like they believed that having straight hair was the beauty standard besides their natural curls. No one ever told them that they looked terrible with their natural curls, they just assumed because every girl practically had straight to wavy hair at that age and according to their observations on society, that's what they believed to be the beauty standard. All that just by what they saw made a huge impact on their everyday lives. Young kids getting bullied for their ethnicity, now imagine how much that impacts them; the poor girl in the post didn't even want to eat or attend school. Kids can be cruel if they're influenced in the wrong way, which is why we need to teach our kids to always be kind and accepting of all.

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