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