Black and White, Asian and European, old and young, male and female… Who is smarter? Who is prettier? Who is better? There are many myths about stereotypes. However, John Stossel’s research has proved that we stereotype automatically and almost all the time.
Myth 1: Only adult people make stereotypical judgements. John Stossel experiments confirmed that we begin to stereotype from the childhood. When the children were asked to choose who is better: an Asian or Arab man from the photo, all of them preferred the Asian man. One child explained the reasons why he has chosen Asian as “because he looks nicer and he has a smile on”, however both persons were smiling on the photos. Another child admitted about the Arab: “I think he's weird.” The similar experiment had been made on Black versus White men. One said about the Black man: “He looks mean”. Another claimed that the Black man looks like the “FBI's Most Wanted.” The survey shows that people stereotype from the childhood (Stossel, 2006).
Myth 2: Are we biased? The Harvard University test proved that we unconsciously associate the negative words with Black people. Among those words were “nasty” and “evil”. Vice versa, the positive words, such as “wonderful” and “joy”, were associated with White people. This proves that people have racial stereotypes (Stossel, 2006).
Myth 3: We do not stereotype at all. Even if the person tries to be accurate in his or her expressions, thoughts and believes, he or she stereotypes, because of the structure of human`s brain, which does this automatically. As one of the evidence of the inevitable process of stereotyping, John Stossel points out the example of the chimpanzees: animals can distinguish those, who are not from their herd. People stereotype on the same level subconscious as animals do. (Stossel, 2006).
To conclude, these myths prove that stereotyping is an inevitable process, which makes people judge others automatically on a subconscious level. Therefore, we say what we think, but we think that we do not say that.
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