Stereotypes and Prejudice Worksheet

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Stereotypes and Prejudice Worksheet Please complete the following exercises, remembering that you are in an academic setting and should remain unbiased, considerate, and professional when completing this worksheet. Part I Select three of the identity categories below and name or describe at least 3 related stereotypes for each: • Race • Ethnicity • Religion • Gender • Sexual orientation • Age • Disability Category Stereotype 1 Stereotype 2 Stereotype 3 Race Superior whites Inferior Blacks No speako English mexicans Religion Jehovah’s Witnesses Catholics Non-Denominational Age Young Old Middle-aged Part II Answer each question in 50 to 100 words related to those stereotypes. Provide citations for all the sources you use. • What are the positive aspects of stereotypes, if any? Some of the positive aspects of any stereotypes can be assumptions about the capabilities of certain stereotypes. For example, White people are usually considered to be smarter than other races. This may not always be true, but it is definitely not a bad stereotype to be labeled. Another example is related to Hispanics, commonly and incorrectly referred to as Mexicans. Hispanics, or Mexicans have been referred to as the hardest workers. Once again, this may not always be true, however, it is not such a bad thing to be called a hard worker just because of the color of your skin. • What are the negative aspects of stereotypes? Some of the negative aspects of stereotypes are assumptions that are very negative in nature. One Hispanics are often referred to as wetbacks. This is not a very nice term to be called. Same story when you are talking about whites who live in a trailer park. They are often labeled as trailer trash just because of where they live. This is not a positive thing to assume or say about someone whom you are not familiar

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