We should learn not to judge and prejudge about people because of what we think they should be like, and should change our point of view about the stereotypes that are deeply rooted in our society.
The negatives effects that stereotyping causes in people are many.
It is important to learn from each other to understand and avoid stereotypes that could be harmful. In the article “Awareness of racial stereotypes happens at an early age, has consequences”, published in berkeley.edu, Carol Hyman show us how stereotypes could cause problems in people from early ages.
He support his claim based on a study of the University of Berkeley that shows how racial stereotypes make the children perform poorly in school. Hyman says that school should “Change the way tests are described”,” Eliminate stereotypes and prejudice”, and “Adopt classroom practices to reduce competition”.
She uses the example of when she first came to the US to study.
She says that a woman felt sorry about her because she came from Africa, and even ask her if she could listen her tribal music.
Stereotypes create a misconception of how people are and how they live in other cultures, religions, or countries.
This misconception could cause problems such as discrimination.
What if my roommate knew about contemporary Nigerian music, talented people singing in English and Pidgin, and Igbo and Yoruba and Ijo, mixing influences from Jay-Z to Fela to Bob Marley to their grandfathers.
What if my roommate knew about the female lawyer who recently went to court in Nigeria to challenge a ridiculous law that required women to get their husband’s consent before renewing their passports? What if we see in other countries, cultures, or religions not only what we belief, but also other stories that could change our perception. We can see the negatives effects in many areas such as the academic area.