When you glance at the person sitting next to you do you ever wonder what their hopes and dreams might be? Do you observe their body movements and facial expressions? Do you listen to the language and hear different ways of thinking? What can these things tell you about the person sitting next to you? What you observe will become the tools required to create the artwork you will inevitably present to the world. You must make sure you do your best to portray an accurate depiction to avoid further stereotyping.
I encourage you to turn to the person sitting next to you and observe them first as a blank canvas. Observe their clothing and behavior and build from there. Do not automatically assume that they are rich or poor by their clothing. Does their mannerism leave hints about their education or possible status in life? Can you imagine where they may have originated from by observing their physical characteristics? Most stereotypes are often unfair and untrue belief that many people have about people with certain characteristics.
Here are a few examples of stereotypes.
1. White women have flat booties.
2. Jews are greedy.
3. Blacks are lazy, on welfare, and don’t believe in marriage before child bearing.
4. Asians are good at math but are horrible drivers.
5. Arabs are angry people that like to blow shit up.
6. ALL black men are hung like elephant trunks.
7. ALL white men are hung like earth worms.
8. Only black people crave chicken and watermelon.
9. Most blacks are hostile and will quickly bust a cap in your ass.
10. Mexicans drive around 15-17 deep in a small ass car and steal jobs.
11. Irish people like to get drunk and eat potatoes.
These are just a few of the ridiculous stereotypes that circulate throughout society. However, very few people live this lifestyle and therefore should be judged on individuality instead of being grouped together. I challenge everyone to take a moment and imagine being that person sitting next to you and what your life might be like. If we could imagine ourselves in their shoes we might paint a different portrait of them.
Kelly (Kasper) Blake 2018