If you use negative stereotypes about people who are different from you, you are inviting everyone who hears you to use negative stereotypes about you. Below are some of the negative stereotypes other people could use about you because of your ethnic, national, or racial identity.
My collection of stereotypes comes from books, magazines, newspapers, movies, television shows, radio programs, news shows, conversations, etc.
Stereotypes and categories overlap at times. I create categories of stereotypes as I have stereotype examples to put into those categories.
The research into gossip goes back at least to the middle of the 20th century. Both men and women research gossip. Putting all of their research together, gossip is talk and writing about people — both other people and ourselves — in family, social, workplace, and public settings.
Much of the research shows that gossip is both positive and negative. I define gossip as good, bad, or ugly. Good gossip ignores or breaks stereotypes while bad and ugly gossip are based on negative stereotypes.
Negative stereotypes exist about everyone, no matter their age, gender, race, religion, profession, etc. These stereotype blog posts will help you understand the negative stereotypes about you. Each post will focus on one or two or a few characteristics.
I add stereotypes as I come across them.
I will add the new stereotypes at the bottom of each listing, putting ~~~~~ between the older stereotypes and the new stereotypes.
produce kitchen odors
African-American / Black / Negro
on welfare or jobless
African-American / Black / Negro Women
African-American / Black / Negro Men
tall men are brutes
tall men are threatening
wearing hoodies and sweats are lazy
wearing hoodies and sweats are unintelligent
“African-American” suggests to many people
more concern for one group than for society
less persuasive ability
not as likable
tend to complain about small things
Liberals often feel excluded by the African-American label, feeling it focuses
attention on the label rather than on larger issues
governed by buffoons
unwilling or unable to engage in dialogue with other cultures
would be living in igloos without America
bring exotic diseases to the United States
should be killed
disliked by God
bring exotic diseases to the United States
involved in crime
don’t want to work
take our houses
take our jobs
abuse social security and welfare systems
cause problems at school
have a different mentality
cause urban decay
should be sent back
have too many children
treat women badly
representatives of Saddam Hussein
“Good” Native Americans
“Bad” Native Americans
Native Americans on reservations
outcasts from own race
WASP (White Anglo Saxon Protestant)
Point to Ponder
Did you notice that both African-Americans / Blacks / Negroes and Whites are stereotyped as mean and corrupt?
Did you notice that African-Americans / Blacks / Negroes are stereotyped as both hostile and submissive?
1. What’s happening?
2. Why is it important?
3. What don’t I see?
4. How do I know?
5. Who is saying it?
6. What else? What if?
Stereotype Thinking Questions
1. What is threatening my beliefs?
2. How can I make it unimportant?
3. What can I reject?
4. What can I laugh at?
5. How can I attack people who threaten my beliefs?
6. How can I deflect?
The stereotype thinking questions are mine, based on my observations of stereotype thinkers.
Online workshop that provides strategies to chip away stereotypes in both professional and personal relationships:
“After participating in the gossip power presentation, I know I now have a better plan to be more effective in understanding how gossip affects every area of a person’s personal and professional life. Using her strategies on gossip power and gossip ears I feel I will be better able to navigate these areas both inside and outside the office. Paula does a great job, using both scientific research and personal anecdotes and examples, to develop strategies for turning the power of gossip into positives for anyone attending her presentation. I left energized and excited about her message and what I learned and am definitely looking forward to learning more at her glass ceiling presentation.“
Paula is a fabulous motivational speaker. Not only does she speak on positivity, but she conducts webinars on gossip and how to get out of the trap!! She is very knowledgeable, professional and inspirational! I love Paula’s talks and webinars! She mentors women to bring out their best and believe in themselves! Thank you for all that you! The world needs you right now!
Paula M. Kramer
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