People tend to assume what ethnicity, race and culture others are from depending on their appearance. What doesn’t seem to happen is, people taking the time to ask an individual what they actually are and allow them to label themselves as they like, if they feel part of a certain ethnic background or not. The problem arises when an individual stereotypes another by the way they look and assumptions turn out to be incorrect.
Stereotyping can seem very silly since people do indeed believe that a certain group of people are all the same, as simple as that. What people really tend to find very difficult is to think out of those stereotypes once they have already been thinking that way for so long.
It all starts at the early age development of a human being that they are able to learn stereotypes and so it becomes hard for people as adults to fight what they have already learned. Stereotypes are programed in the individuals’ heads and as they seem to be true as time goes by but when that individual comes across another individual that does not fit the stereotype, than it becomes a very hard thing to accept and sometimes even understand.
In many cases stereotypes also become hard to fight because people themselves act upon stereotype and so expressions like “Of course I like chicken, I’m black duh” or “Yeah, I’m wearing Ralph Laure because I’m white” arise, making it difficult to fight stereotypes and educate those who don’t know anything about different groups of ethnic backgrounds or races about the variety that comes with individuals in general.
Stereotypes are indeed taught in many different ways, dealing with not just race and ethnicity but also sexual orientation. Sexual orientation is something that people tend to stereotype based on clothing, style, ethnicity and many other “hint” that may people’s “gaydar” go off.
People no longer bother to get to know others before judging or making an opinion about another individual, sometimes what race or ethnicity the person is, or their sexual orientation, is what is all they need to know, to decide if they will like them as people or not.
But thats is all just ignorance, since every individual is free to act and be as they please, and stereotypes does not allow each person as a human being to like what they want to like, dress as they please and eat what they enjoy. It only sets up ways in which they should already be, which isn’t pleasant and also takes away from the freedom of self creation. My message to you is don’t judge and assume, but take your time to ask questions you would like to know and get to know the individual as they are. Allow them to tell you and show you who they are themselves, instead of you deciding for them.