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					Tanima Islam
ENG-101, 7446
Prof: Andrew
Final draft of Midterm Essay
07-31-2008

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                       Stereotypes :( harmful) for our society

       There are different kinds of people living around us. Not all of them stereotype others,

but some of them do. May be I too stereotype at times. We are not born with a stereotypical

mind. Our society and situation teach us stereotypes. Robert Heilbroner also writes in his essay

about stereotyping people. Often stereotypical behavior harms Muslim people’s feelings. Also

because of stereotypes black people are judged wrongly by their color, and females don’t get

better jobs because of stereotyping. All of these stereotypical behaviors not only harm people’s

feelings but also harm our society.

       First of all, in our society stereotypical behavior towards Muslims often creates racial

profiling and hurts their feelings. For example, in the United States some Americans think that

Muslims are terrorist’s. This is one of the biggest stereotyping behaviors Muslims face every

day. After the Twin Tower’s was destroyed, some people thought that all Muslims were bad and

they all were terrorists. In Robert Heilbroner’s essay he writes as Walter Lippmann has said,

“For the most part, we do not first see and then define; we define first, and then we see.” This

quote is true for Muslims, because some Americans without seeing Muslim people take wrong

decisions about them. They don’t even think that Muslim people can do something good. In that

case, there mind is close because of stereotype cast. However, this kind of thinking hurts

Muslim people’s feelings. I am a Muslim. I have one bitter experience from the day I came to the

United States. After I first came, I had to do some paperwork for my immigration. I was totally

unaware of stereotyping. An American man was working on my immigration. When he saw my

last name is Islam he started whispering with his co-workers. Suddenly I heard them talking
Tanima Islam
ENG-101, 7446
Prof: Andrew
Final draft of Midterm Essay
07-31-2008

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about terrorists, but I didn’t understand what they were talking about. At the airport, paper work

for immigrations usually takes more than one hour, but they held me for almost twenty four

hours. I was waiting there without any reason. After finished my immigration, when I asked

them why they held me for a day. They gave me a silly answer. They told me that my last name

matched with a terrorist’s name, so they had to verify my passport and papers. Those people not

only harassed me but also hurt my feelings. In the past, maybe some Muslims did participate in

terrorist acts. Because of those few Muslim people we can’t think that all Muslims are terrorists.

Robert Heilbroner writes in his essay, “Don’t Let Stereotypes Warp Your Judgment”. We

shouldn’t let stereotypes warp our judgment about Muslims. These kinds of racial profiling are

harmful for our next generation. For example, if American people don’t stop this stereotyping

behavior toward Muslim then our next generation Muslim people will be misguided. Also our

next generation child will be born with stereotypical mind. This is not good for them. In addition,

because of stereotypical behavior sometimes Muslim people don’t get better positions in their

jobs. For example, some of the companies don’t hire people if they see applicants last name is

Islam, Mohammad, Usuf and so on. In that case, Muslim people will don’t get decent jobs.

Sometimes some business companies lay of Muslim worker. It is harmful for our society,

because we will lose hard worker Muslims around us. Also if we don’t stop stereotypical

behavior against Muslims then we will lose some good Muslims around us. However, we should

stop stereotypical racial profiling towards Muslims.

       Secondly, we can see because of stereotyping black people are judged wrongly because

of their color. For example, some people think black people are involved with robbery,
Tanima Islam
ENG-101, 7446
Prof: Andrew
Final draft of Midterm Essay
07-31-2008

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smuggling and so on. It can harm black people’s feelings and also sometimes they don’t get

equal right from our society. For example, sometimes black people don’t get promotions at their

job. We can see white people always get easily promotions at their work. But if we see black

people’s position, we can see they verify too many things before give promotions. This kind of

thinking only gives us bad effect to our society. Our society forces us to think that black people

are bad, but in real life all black people are not bad. In the movie “Crash” we can see how Sandra

Bullock stereotypes black people. Two black people rob her car. From that day she stereotypes

black people. Although some black people are bad, we can’t stereotype seeing just those bad

people. I have one experience of my own. Last year, I was admitted to the hospital because of

chest pain. I was screaming. When I was screaming some white nurses were making jokes. I was

very disappointed. They were laughing at me; also they refused to help me. Suddenly, a black

nurse came to me, and gave me some medicine. Even though she was not a head nurse she told

those nurses that they were wrong. From this example, we can see the positive side of black

people. If we judge blacks by color then it will be poor judgment. In that case we will lose some

friendly black people around us. For example, if we don’t stop stereotypical behavior towards

black those black people will be angry with us. We will never get good friends if we don’t stop

stereotypical behavior with blacks, so we don’t need to be stereotype by color.

       Thirdly, because of stereotypical behavior females don’t get better jobs. People often say

that women are not capable of hard work, such as construction, interior designing, electrical

work, police jobs and so on, but women can also do these kinds of jobs. Only some stereotyped

people give a wrong impression of them. The NYPD offers high level positions for men. If they
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ENG-101, 7446
Prof: Andrew
Final draft of Midterm Essay
07-31-2008

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offered high positions for women then our society would not be stereotyping about them.

Because of stereotyping, we sometimes lose hard working females. For example, one of my

friends was very ambitious and a hard worker. She applied for Military Occupational Specialties

(MOS) in   the Army. She was excited about her it. When she went for an interview, the interviewer

told her, that because she was a woman they would not hire her. The interviewer was

stereotyping females, but he will never know that he lost an ambitious person. Also in

Bangladesh females are often stereotyped by their own parents. Bangladeshi parents often think

that girls should stay at home. They don’t send their girls to college, because they think girls

don’t need enough education. Because of these kinds of stereotypical behavior our society is

slight undeveloped. If we don’t stop stereotyping behavior toward women, our country will

never expand its people’s mind. We can say stereotyping behavior makes us handicapped. If we

don’t stop stereotype females we will never lose ambitious females around us. We should not

listen to those people who are often stereotyping females. Those people make women mentally

unstable, so our society will be handicapped as well one day if we don’t stop stereotyping

behavior.

       Finally, all of these examples will help us to think that stereotyping is harmful for our

society. We should leave stereotyping behavior behind us. We have stereotyped people all

around us but we have to know that all of them are not bad. They became stereotyped by others

because of situations and our society. If we leave the stereotyping behavior we will get a

mentally active society for our future generation.
Tanima Islam
ENG-101, 7446
Prof: Andrew
Final draft of Midterm Essay
07-31-2008

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