Hi By Judith Ortiz Cofer

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2/14/12 Stereotyping 101 In today’s society people tend to stereotype in a few ways like read others as soon they walk by or like the Nazi in WWII where feeling superior was the tick and just feeling the differences between cultures. Some people today can’t even be friendly and say “hello” or a simple “hi”, people just look and judge what others do and how they act just by the way they dress or look. Stereotyping is one thing that everyone does, if someone tells you that they don’t then that’s a lie because everyone does even when they don’t notice it. All cultures do it the Mexican culture, African- American, Americans, Cubans, and Asians and for each culture some stereotyping is little a different. One example is in my family the Mexican…show more content…
Stereotyping is bound to happen when any of these cultures come across each other and a regular day basis. Any culture can say anything at one point in time and without knowing it they make a racist comment that can be very stereotypical. A good example could be an African- American calling them the famous word “Niger”, or our author Judith Ortiz Cofer asserts in her short story “The Myth of the Latin Woman: I just Met a Girl Named Maria” that “Mixed cultural signals have perpetuated certain stereotypes- for example, that of the Hispanic woman as the “hot tamale” or sexual firebrand” (367). Simple comments like “hot tamale”, “Niger”, “Chiky” are the stereotyping people do to other cultures. Today people just make it seem like it’s a normal way of living but that not something that should be normal. What happens if someone is really bother by it but can’t speak out because he or she is scared of what others might do to them? People are to use to the fact that stereotyping and being a little racist to each other is a normal way of living. But then again people raise their kid’s different ways. Like author Judith Ortiz Cofer writes her story “The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl named Maria” that “As a Puerto Rican girl living in the Unites States and wanting like most children to “belong,” I resented the stereotype that my Hispanic appearance called forth from many people I met” (366). Parents raise their kids to become the stereotype instead making them see the better in them and the batter in

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