Alright, here's a little point/counterpoint regarding stereotypes. These are posts from two separate sources that I'm fitting into this format.
I hate stereotypes in our society from all white people can't dance to all tall people play sports. Stereotypes are common things that happen in our society today. All of us has had a point of time where we stereotyped someone or some group for their actions or the way they looked. Although i don't think this problem can fully be eliminated I think we can start taking better steps to better the situation, such as learning more about other groups so we won't have certain assumptions of their way of life. I feel if everyone tries to make a difference with this problem it will bring a great outcome.
Stereotypes are one of the most blessed things in life. Of course they can be used for bad purposes, but we would never be able to function without them. Stereotypes help us make quick judgments about the people we deal with so that we can more effectively navigate our world on a daily basis. If I ask a professor where the University Center is and she tells me, I have the stereotype that she will tell me the truth. If I was a Jew in 1930s Germany, I would be safe to avoid non-Jewish Germans because of the stereotype that non-Jewish Germans do not like Jews. As a female it is better for me not to walk home alone at night because of the stereotype that men may not treat me well in that circumstance. If I didn't have any stereotypes and tried to evaluate each person on her own before I came to any conclusions, I would be spending quite a bit of time doing that evaluation, and I could be putting myself in unnecessary risks. Stereotypes can also help us understand large groups of people too. If we got rid of stereotypes, we wouldn't be able to come to conclusions about groups of people like women are generally more caring than men or the elderly are wiser than the young. Without stereotypes, we couldn't say those things.