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Top 10 African-American Stereotypes

Updated on April 18, 2012
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Opinions - We're Entitled to our own and yes, everybody has one. Some base them of life experiences, values, morals, and personal ethics. However, unknowingly we sometime base opinions off cliches and try to make them fit to be facts. These are what you would call "Stereotyoes." Here's Just a few that commonly used against the African- American race. Excuse the Political Incorrectness!!!

  1. Fried Chicken, Watermelon, and Grape Soda is their idea Meal.
  2. Lazy and Uneducated.
  3. You'll only fine them watching BET and reading Jet and Essence Magazines.
  4. Invented the fashion fad, "Sagging."
  5. Only listen to Rap Music.
  6. Blames all their failures on the so called, "White Man."
  7. Collects Welfare for a living.
  8. Lives only in poverty commonly referred to as ,"The Ghetto."
  9. Are great runners because they are always running from the Law.
  10. They make very good Basketball players.

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      Artsyamy 

      24 months ago

      It's all about labeling. Everyone labels complete strangers and everyone is labeled by others. Sadly this usually based on appearance alone (skin color, markings, trauma, clothing, Sex, size, and the list goes on). If we would educate ourselves as members of society and smile and say hello instead of judging this country would see major benefits. Not to mention the bullying issue in schools. Where do you think kids learn to treat people poorly? No child is born with these thoughts. Parents need to step up and be the example for their kids. American parents have become poor role models without even realizing what they are doing. Act the way you would want your child to act. Treat others the with the respect you would want for your children. The cycle has to stop and adults have to lead the way. Hate never accomplishes anything. Why waste your time? Give people the benefit of the doubt. One person or a couple people does not define an entire group with similar characteristics. It's not hard. Open your eyes.

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      Tyanna 

      2 years ago

      Not only black people do that whites do to no ofense im not being racist

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      Tyrone Jones 

      3 years ago

      Funny , some r true/some r wrong and all are racist to blacks

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      Ronnie wrenchBiscuit 

      3 years ago

      What a bunch of scholars! darknez111 says: " ...What's your point? Every ethnicity has stereotypes, and every ethnicity feels a sting from racism..."

      Really Pollyanna? Every ethnicity feels the sting of racism? What a load of B.S.. There have been absolutely no ethnic or racial groups that have suffered more in America than the African and the Indigenous. Not even even close! Why don't you crack open a book and read it for yourself. Or better yet, just pull your head out of the sand for 5 minutes and look around!

      It's also very clear that among those two groups, women have suffered more than anyone else. Just a few days ago a white American terrorist went into a black church and killed nine innocent people. But I cannot recall , in my entire lifetime, a black man going into an all white church and doing the same. After all the evil that has been perpetrated against the African here in the "land of the free", overall, the majority have never treated the white man with the same depth of cruelty. My advice: Idaho is a good place for you.

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      Sanxuary 

      5 years ago

      I do not have any of those stereo types in my mind. I think we have everyone doing everything these days. I guess I would say that you our out of date. If anything there is no culture in America just a lot of fads. There really is no culture in America that imitates a culture abroad unless you our in a large group of recent immigrants to America. Everything else has culture but its an American version.

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      mr williams 

      6 years ago from Norfolk, Virginia

      Great hub. Write about whatever you want to. It doesn't matter if you offend anyone, considering the fact that you're a black author writing about something that pertains to us as African Americans

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      MzLadyD 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

      Levertis Steele: I too agree. I allow people to have their own opinons and admire them for it regardles their standpoint. I just posted another on Caucasion Ameicans. I want to perspectively cover all ethnicities.

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      Levertis Steele 

      6 years ago from Southern Clime

      MzLadyD: I think that it is good to view stereotypes in a humorous light. It is much healthier than getting upset and lashing out at people because they feel the need to use them.

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      MzLadyD 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

      If there was a solution, stereotypes wouldn't be an ongoing social issue, as again I state they are perceptive opinions in which we all are entitled to have. They are important because despite hate crimes and other social biases, stereotypes are what the human race as a whole are judged off of. They are important to me because it serves as an advantage, for me personally. Already knowing what Im up against and how I can potentially be viewed makes me feel blessed to be me as I pose as an exception. I can't speak for all as then I would be governing others opinions. And you're right open-mindedness does not leave less room for questioning, I guess I wasn't clear. I'll Shoot again - The questioning would be different as in a sense of your comment contributing to the how and why there are stereotypes and what we can do about it versus wanting to know why written commonalities is of my interest. My article was wriiten to shed light on what's already known to some, not to measure the politics of what makes the world turn.

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      Daniel Durand 

      6 years ago from Southern Idaho

      Um... yeah. Not actually what I was getting at. All I'm saying is, there are lots of people out there who can point out what you are saying. What's your solution?

      Also, if you encourage open-mindedness, you should be open for questions. Open-mindedness does not leave "less room for questions," as you said, but rather encourages discussion. That's the whole point of having a comments section. So, if you don't mind answering my original question, why are these stereotypes important?

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      MzLadyD 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

      Levertis Steele

      Im glad you read my artcle with a sense of humor. So much critical thinking can indeed minimize its unique sense. I appreciate your comment.

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      MzLadyD 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

      Well that was just my first article I plan on hitting every ethnicity. I bother because not everyone know them. Regardless if they are common or not what makes them true and or false is based off the perception of an individual. That being said, I guarantee you not all would be the same. Your comment has a defensive tone. May I ask were you offended? If so please understand that its not my intention to offend anyone. My purpose is to shed light not govern people opinions. They mean perspectively what the reader wants to them to mean. My article isn't a conversation its just what you read-An Article. Pointing out the obvious and knowing what's common differ from the society. Common sense is only common amongst those who share the same values and cognitive thinking. Being that Cognitive thinking is only measured by various theories that all have proven to work, whos to say that its obivous. Thanks for your comment, it's very inquisitive, might I add that when reading others perspectives, being open minded leaves less room for questions, and more room for understanding. My articles don't have to be important to me, but they are to someone that resides somewhere. And to be blunt with an open mind you can find where "stings of racism" can also be differed by perspective. Racism derives from perspective, think on that.

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      Daniel Durand 

      6 years ago from Southern Idaho

      What's your point? Every ethnicity has stereotypes, and every ethnicity feels a sting from racism. You do an okay job listing some common ones, but what do they mean? Why are they important to you, personally? Unless you have something to add to the conversation, why bother pointing out the obvious?

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      Levertis Steele 

      6 years ago from Southern Clime

      MzLadyD, welcome to hubpages! You have listed some common stereotypes of African Americans. There are so many circulating. I had to laugh when I read your list.

      I voted up, funny, and interesting.

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