Essay on Sterotypes

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"That person must belong to a gang, just look how he dresses". How often have we heard
somebody mention these things, yet, how often have we said something similar? I believe
our society is based on the superficial things, which we categorize people because of the
actions of a small percentage. All of the above statements are prejudicial notions used to
define members of a social or an ethnic group, and are called stereotypes. Unfortunately,
stereotypes negatively affect our ability to understand members of a different group or
ethnicity, and are we usually resistant to change because of them. We stereotype various
groups of people, but none like professional athletes and different ethnic groups in our
country. Professional Basketball, Football, and Baseball players have been the victims of
many stereotypes. Hearing people call them dumb is common. A misconception by many people
is that pro athletes aren't educated. This is such a ridiculous situation since the vast
majority of them have attended prestigious colleges and universities, and received degrees
in different fields of study. A popular misconception is that the educations they did earn
were in areas like Liberal Arts, or other general fields of study, which didn't challenge
their mental capabilities. Another stereotype is that pro athletes received preferential
treatment while in college. Many believe that if an athlete needs a certain grade to
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