Stereotypes propagate a full spectrum of negative, divisive, and destructive effects. We know the usual ones, based on race, color, gender, economics, political affiliation, etc. The list is long and goes on.
It feels like society is intent on building more walls lately, not tearing them down. As much as there is a narrative about overcoming them, some of the tactics being used are actually reinforcing them.
It is a challenge for each of us, every day, to acknowledge and see past the stereotypes we carry within us. When we subscribe to stereotypes and labeling, we are not only doing an injustice to others, we also are to ourselves.
When we can personally overcome this sort of thinking and behavior, we become expansive and growing, big rather than small.
Let’s commit to adopting bigger thinking, wider perspectives, and to building bridges rather than walls.
“….. it would be interesting to find out what goes on in that moment when someone looks at you and draws all sorts of conclusions.” ~ Malcolm Gladwell
“The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.” ~ Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
“Once you label me you negate me.” ~ Søren Kierkegaard
“A stereotype becomes a stereotype when a significant percentage of the population appears to conform to it.” ~ Kelley Armstrong
Stereotypical Walls © Susan L Hart 2021 | Friendly comments welcome | Photo courtesy u_m5d2lywo, PIxabay