What are some real life examples of stereotyping?

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dano7744 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Stereotyping can take many forms. The age old example is the dumb blond joke. It is ludicrous to say that the color of someones hair has anything to do with their intellectual capacity. Of course, many blonde's are highly intelligent. From a criminal justice perspective, the act of stereotyping is rampant. Unfortunately, many professionals in this area stereotype suspects related to criminal activity or the potential for criminal activity. One's race, age, or neighborhood does not make them guilty of committing a crime but law enforcement agencies and officers tend to stereotype and associate certain races with certain types of criminal activity. This is a dangerous practice because investigators of crimes tend to develop tunnel vision and fail to consider other aspects of the criminal enterprise.