Stereotype Paper

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Stereotype Paper
Leona Wolford
PHI 103: Informal Logic
Erik Hudak
December 17, 2012

A stereotype is a generalization that people make about the characteristics of another person or group of people. I have stereotyped against other people and have been stereotyped by others. Stereotypes are created about people of specific cultures, races, gender or sexual orientation. A professor from the University of Toronto, Scarborough, Dr. Michael Inzlicht, indicated that “past studies have shown that people perform poorly in situations where they feel they are being stereotyped” (Kemick, 2010, para. 2). The first stereotype I will discuss is about African Americans. They have many stereotypes. The first common stereotype is that they’re all athletic. The argument for this stereotype could be:
Michael Jordan was a talented basketball player
Jerry Rice was one of the best wide receivers in the NFL
Joe is African American, therefore, he must be a talented athlete
The fallacy we see in this argument is hasty generalization. Our text states that the “fallacy of hasty generalization is committed when the conclusion is based on insufficient information: a generalization is made too quickly” (Mosser, 2011, p. 4.2). The assumption that Joe is a talented athlete just because of his racial background and color does not provide enough evidence to substantiate and prove the claim. Joe may not be athletic whatsoever, and may be more of a bookworm or be involved in activities other than sports. One cannot assume that just because Joe is black that he is an athlete or any other stereotype related to African American people. Some other stereotypes associated with African Americans is that they are lazy, like to eat chicken and drink kool-aid, ghetto or musically gifted. The second stereotype is the difference between genders – men versus women. One popular stereotype…...

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