Stereotypes and Why They’re Dangerous


Kai Mann, Videographer

Our country is one of the biggest stereotype holders in the world. People naturally generalize and make assumptions about other people and groups of people, specifically groups of Muslim or Islam faith. Stereotypes are defined as “[A generalization,] widely held but [dramatized] and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing” by Oxford Dictionaries. They are dangerous in many ways. They create rifts against populations and promote violence, fear, and discrimination.

As a country, the U.S.A. has suffered terrorist attacks from people who claim that their actions are because of their religions. As a result of the fear and pain, this country has harbored a hatred toward the world’s third-largest religion for the past 15 years. There are often stories in the press and media about these people, and looking in news FOX has a recent article about terrorism in the USA. The media is the way that most of youth gets information, and with terrorism like that of 9/11, a small group of a population represented the whole on a huge, worldwide scale.

As Liberty’s own Geography classes teach: America needs to educate themselves on other types of people. In order to accept and challenge the negatives that come with stereotypes, we need to expose ourselves to people who aren’t 100% the same as we are. America, in particular, is a huge harborer of stereotypes. Americans will never truly be able to say that they are challenging and breaking stereotypes if they continue to harbor fear and block out opportunities to learn about Middle Eastern people, religiously diverse people, and ethnically diverse groups and religions. Find common ground among different people to see, when it boils down to it, we really are just human.