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Stereotypes are Earned Reputations: Truth you don't like is still the truth.

Updated on July 25, 2012

"If you don't like the Stereotype you are labeled with.. Then Change it by the Life you Live! Stereotypes are Earned over time... For Good or bad... Stereotypes are based on Observations of actions, not multitudes of empty words.

"Whites or Blacks"... "Red Hair and Blondes"... and any other type of Stereotype under the sun... the stereotypes are earned by a significant number of people exhibiting the traits often enough to become noticed by a majority of the people.. the majority of the time.

History also shows that Stereotypes have been applied to groups of people for thousands of years.. In the Bible Paul the Apostle told Titus: "One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are always liars, evil beasts, slow bellies. This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;"

Paul in this case Confirmed that the Stereotype that the Corinthians hated... was in fact true and that they needed to shape up their lives and Live it down.

That is of course the best way for any stereotype to be Put to Rest once and for all; By your choice to live above it.

Stop pointing the finger... it serves no purpose... Except as a teacher once showed us in elementary school... that when we point a finger at others... we are then pointing 3 more fingers at our own selves in return.

Live Above the names you hate. Exemplify a Higher Standard... and encourage others of your own people to also Live to a Higher Standard.

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    • MrMaranatha profile imageAUTHOR

      MrMaranatha 

      5 years ago from Somewhere in the third world.

      I desagree. as a Black Irish tinker. the son of a Black Irish Tinkers Damm. and from several other stereotypes that I have made a point to set myself above. Stereotypes are earned by the actions of a majority. If you do not like it.. Live above it... teach your kids to live to a higher standard. Prove it wrong. Make it a lie. (as apose to being its proof.)

      Have a great day cfin

    • cfin profile image

      cfin 

      5 years ago from The World we live in

      I am not red haired. Do not like to drink and the only reason I am stereotyped as such, is as a result of me being Irish. Do you not understand what a stereotype is?

      Its where people associate all the above with one of my characteristics. Even if I was Irish with red hair and drank the same as everyone else, people still shouldn't think I am an alcoholic just because I have the same characteristics as an american with red hair who drinks.

      I don't really want to discuss this anymore. This is the attitude that Nazi's had during world war II. If Jews are not greedy they should speak out and give us their wealth. They should wear a star to show they are not evil and to identity themselves. Its just wrong to think this way.

      Stereotypes are: A widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing. Thus, being from the third world somewhere and being white you must be rich and taking advantage of all around you. See, you shouldn't have to prove me incorrect.

      You are making no sense and I don't want to discuss this any further. Its highly offensive. The stereotyped should never have to go begging after those who are bigoted, to try and change their view.

    • MrMaranatha profile imageAUTHOR

      MrMaranatha 

      5 years ago from Somewhere in the third world.

      So as a Red Headed Irish Person who likes to drink... you do not like the stereotype... but at the same time do not want to live it down either? But you do want people to stop thinking you are an Alcoholic? Did I miss anything... or confuse anything? I just want to get the facts straight... according to your statements.

    • cfin profile image

      cfin 

      5 years ago from The World we live in

      Innocent until proven guilty. With stereotypes, someone gets judged, and they should have to prove themselves to be different? I don't think that's ok.

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      cfin 

      5 years ago from The World we live in

      Well the issue is with the judges, not the the judged. For example. People stick an alcoholic Irish stereotype to me. Why should I go out of my way to prove this stereotype incorrect? It's obnoxious and people shouldn't do it.....and for our information, most stereotypes were invented as a form of propaganda. A rumor on a large basis. Very few stereotypes are true. And by making them ok, it makes it ok to generalize on entire races of people. It's not up to the person being hated on, to prove their innocence.

    • MrMaranatha profile imageAUTHOR

      MrMaranatha 

      5 years ago from Somewhere in the third world.

      It is not about the color of you hair or skin... Its about how you act... what you do that makes the stereotype true. Stop Proving it by everything you do.. Be the exception to the rule instead of the Proof that everyone points at.

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      cfin 

      5 years ago from The World we live in

      So you are saying red haired people should die their hair, and black people should dye their skin? We cannot change our lifestyle to avoid stereotypes.

      Even the statement about the Corinthians. Does this mean, all people with Corinthian ancestry would fit the stereotype? I agree with you regarding stereotypes of a collective. But there is nothing the individual can do about who they are, where they were born, or what they look like.

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