Racial stereotypes can also foster feelings of hate and aggression that might lead to a false sense of entitlement and superiority.
For those individuals who have power, this can lead to their engaging in discriminatory and racist practices.
That’s an obvious lie, but stereotypes are a concept that are seen as the unofficial yet official view of a certain community.
Stereotypes are a complex yet simple concept that can either reinforce or dismantle someone’s view on another individual.
In Hawaii, Lee felt accepted and proud in her physical appearance, while in America, specifically Michigan, she felt like a minority in her setting, “I have almond-shaped eyes, fine dark hair and olive skin that turns butterscotch in the sun.
I was a confident and proud HAPA in Hawaii, but when I came back to Michigan, my predominantly white peers still saw me as a model minority statistic, exotic foreigner, and a token Asian in the classroom” (Lee 6).
On a very simple level, it’s human nature to categorize people. From an early age, we learn to place people and objects into categories.
However, when we’re very young, we tend to put less of an emphasis on attributing values to these categories.
Any negative experiences that we have with a member of a particular group will strengthen our racial stereotypes and create fears about particular races.
Based on our fears, we develop an us-versus-them mentality that tends to be self-protective in nature.