Should stereotypes be eradicated?

Posted by: Varrack

If you believe just some should, which ones would those be?

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Some of them

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None of them

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Yes, all of them

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UtherPenguin says2015-08-15T22:50:03.4043888Z
At least half of my friends are Asian and all of them are better then me at math. Whether the stereotype is true or I just suck at Math.
triangle.128k says2015-08-15T22:56:40.4893342Z
@UtherPenguin But Canada is mostly white.. Unless you live in a Chinatown or something.
triangle.128k says2015-08-15T22:57:38.9429089Z
I think Asians are stereotyped that way due to their upbringing. Usually it's the wealthy people that escape out of Asia.
Black-Jesus says2015-08-15T23:02:36.9550780Z
That's true. When I was in high school, there was a Chinese foreign exchange student that said that the Chinese are hardly any better at math than Americans and they learn at the same pace that we do. But their private schools and private tutors are better than ours so the rich kids get really good. The only reason he made it to America is that he won some sort of contest or something.
UtherPenguin says2015-08-15T23:04:13.8438403Z
@triangle My city has almost as many Asians as Hongcouver.
Varrack says2015-08-15T23:04:41.8460198Z
Why not get rid of all stereotypes? They generalize a group based on the majority of that group, which is harmful to the minority. If an Asian isn't good at math, they shouldn't be expected to excel way beyond average simply because of heritage.
SamStevens says2015-08-15T23:11:35.3467374Z
I concur, Varrack.
Black-Jesus says2015-08-15T23:13:52.6822538Z
Well not all stereotypes. I don't have a large penis, but I have large feet and I'm black so they just assume. And stereotypes can also be useful as well. If you know the majority of certain people act negatively, then put up your guard but don't exclude them, because they may be the minority. Stereotypes aren't bad if you don't make them.
Atheist-Independent says2015-08-15T23:15:36.3714660Z
Why pretend like the majority of Asians are not better at Math than other races if it is simply true? I understand that there are always exceptions, and some may take offense, but it is plain stupid to pretend like something isn't true for the sake of 'equality'.
Varrack says2015-08-15T23:27:17.9582216Z
@Atheist-Independent: No one is denying that some stereotypes may be true. Whether they are beneficial is the question. If you told someone that you're Asian they could reply with "oh, so you must be really good at math". It's an unnecessary assumption that has become part of society and does nothing but divides people. It is also assumed in reverse: "you're not Asian, so you're probably not a genius at math". That may or may not be true. Stereotypes would be useful if they actually represented the entirety of a group, but when it's assumed that a member of a group must have a connection to that characteristic, that's where things go wrong.
triangle.128k says2015-08-15T23:27:57.1931362Z
@Atheist-Independent I agree. Stereotypes may be true, it's just that people don't have to assume that about nearly all people of that group they meet.
dmussi12 says2015-08-15T23:29:07.5191040Z
@atheist That's not a stereotype. A stereotype is assuming that an INDIVIDUAL who is part of a group possesses qualities typical of that group. As in assuming someone is good at math BECAUSE he/she is Asian. NOT recognizing the fact that statistically, more Asians are good at math than other races.
Atheist-Independent says2015-08-16T00:48:53.6514723Z
@ dmussi12 I disagree. I think stereotypes are generalizations regarding a certain group that may be applied to an individual, but not exclusively so.
Atheist-Independent says2015-08-16T00:51:21.2551425Z
@ Varrack I don't think the question is "are stereotypes beneficial" since it is merely a given that society will create stereotypes to categorize different groups. I think the question is "are stereotypes, on a whole, harmful?" Personally I think that for the most part, stereotypes are harmless, although I acknowledge that there can be negative repercussions of such a generalization.
Diqiucun_Cunmin says2015-08-16T05:53:45.6487312Z
Just FYI, in Hong Kong, one common stereotype of Westerners is that they suck at maths...
Donderpants says2015-08-16T05:58:50.1584653Z
To be fair, that ones statistically true on average.
dmussi12 says2015-08-16T07:31:17.8296942Z
@Atheist: If a stereotype ISN'T applied to an individual, it's no longer a stereotype, but an abstract quality of a group (eg Asians score high on math tests - this is a statistical truth). The stereotype realizes when the quality is APPLIED to any and all individuals of said group (eg "because X is Asian, and Asians score high on math tests, X will score high on math tests). Which, logically, is circular. It also denies X's individuality and is wrong from a moral standpoint as well as a logical one.

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