Negative Stereotypes Behind Bad & Ugly Gossip: Ethnic, National, & Racial Identities

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.

Stereotype Updates

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.

More Stereotypes

Negative Stereotypes Behind Bad & Ugly Gossip: People In General

Negative Stereotypes Behind Bad & Ugly Gossip: Workplaces

Negative Stereotypes Behind Bad & Ugly Gossip: Romance

Negative Stereotypes Behind Bad & Ugly Gossip: Poverty

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African

noisy
produce kitchen odors

African-American / Black / Negro

violent criminals
ignorant
lazy
dirty
quick tempered
emotionally submissive
superstitious
hostile
dirty
on welfare or jobless
unintelligent
negative personality
mean
corrupt
ignorant
stupid
ostentatious
lewd
dishonest
submissive

African-American / Black / Negro Women

angry
entitled
single mothers

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

American

intrusive
forward
pushy
stingy
selfish
hoarders
aggressive
materialistic
mercenary
crazy
governed by buffoons
arrogant
self-indulgent
hypocritical
unwilling or unable to engage in dialogue with other cultures

Arabic

aggressive
Asian
cunning
slant eye
gook
chink
Kung-Fu fighters

Belgian

egotistical
unhelpful
unscientifically minded
inefficient

Canadian

would be living in igloos without America

Chinese

superstitious
sly

Cuban

bring exotic diseases to the United States

Dutch

negative
egoistical
dominant
less intelligent
lacking individualism

English

aggressive
egoistical
unfriendly
unhelpful
snobbish
cold

French

rude
egoistical
aggressive
dominance

German

unempathic
dominant
aggressive

Roma (Also Known As Gypsy)

thieves
dishonest
spies
incendiaries
suspicious
school dropouts
mentally handicapped
retarded
worthless
not human
inhuman behavior
should be killed
wanderers
disliked by God
pagans
heathens

Haitian

undesirable blacks
peasants
uneducated
unskilled
poor
wild
weird
bring exotic diseases to the United States

Hispanic / Latinx

greasy
lazy

Immigrant

dangerous
dirty
threatening
criminal
dishonest
complainers
aggressive
violent
lazy
noisy
involved in crime
ruin neighborhoods
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 dirtiness
cause urban decay
should be sent back
have too many children
treat women badly

Iraqi

refugees
criminals
representatives of Saddam Hussein

Irish

pugnacious
quick tempered
extremely nationalistic
stupid
improvident
sloppy drunks

Italian

not intelligent
unreliable
aggressive
dominant
unscientific
clannish
Mafia
emotional
quick-tempered
impulsive

Japanese

sneaky
sly

Jews

aggressive
materialistic
mercenary
grasping
kikes

Native American

“Good” Native Americans

friendly
courteous
hospitable
handsomeness
stamina
endurance
modest
noble
dignified
brave
tender
proud
independent
innocent
child-like

“Bad” Native Americans

naked
lecherous
vanity
polygamous
promiscuous
warring
vengeful
brutal
lazy
impracticality
thieving
treacherous
conjurers
barbarous
low intellect
cruel
drunken
cowardly outlaws
inhuman fiends
improvident
filthy surroundings
inadequate cooking
repulsive diet
enslave squaws
culturally deprived

Native Americans on reservations

degraded
scorned
degenerate
poverty-stricken
outcasts from own race
drunkards

Pakistani

poor

Polish

stupid
racist
bigoted

Turkish

cruel
treacherous

WASP (White Anglo Saxon Protestant)

cold
insensitive

White

corrupt
greedy
competitive
arrogant
prejudiced
mean

White Men

angry
bros
prejudiced
entitled
bitchy
loud
dependent

White Women

self-absorbed
shallow
conceited
ditsy
uneducated
materialistic
sexually easy

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?

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Critical Thinking Questions

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.

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Paula M. Kramer
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All rights reserved.

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