We are told all our lives we should not stereotype, and let us be real, stereotyping in the mind happens in seconds, a person cannot go two seconds without making a stereotypical opinion in their mind.
The newscaster says, “The Republican Presidential Candidate…”
The listener instantly lump this "Republican" into a box, then is anticipating the Republican Stereotypes to be explained by the newscaster in a what I would say is not intellectual and permeated with bias ways, truly spin Kings these reporters.
What I do with Stereotype, I make a good solid clearly defined stereotype.
I tell myself, “Andy, this is stereotype you have made of this person.”
I now take my list of specific characteristics,
Republicans 1. Big money 2. Support Oil Companies 3. Conservative, whatever that means. 4. Nuclear Family
Forgive me, I am not very good at Stereotyping Republicans or Democrats because to me they both seem the same.
However, after I have a list, I now know I have a bias, I am looking now to see where the person deviates from the list.
(Note, Michael Moore is the CHAMPION of using Stereotypes in a truly nasty, premeditated. manipulative way against people. He recognizes the biases of people, and feeds them, creating hate…, what a bad boy.)
Now, I always think of George W. Bush, when I read this. “President Bush has already allocated approximately $2 billion in hydrogen highway research.” Quote here. http://www.hydrogencarsnow.com/
I thought to myself, for a guy who is supposed to be supporting Oil Companies, I am not sure what he is doing, hey George, you did not do the stereotypical thing of Republicans.
Now here is a good example of how to use Stereotypes as a tool, you recognize your you own biases, you admit to yourself that you stereotype, then you premeditated see if you are passing judgment on a person. A great way to become objective and help to remove biases.
In the end, this is the problem with stereotypes, they put people in boxes whereby they cannot escape, they are forever in the role of the stereotype, even when a person reads or hears something against the stereotype, the stereotype still prevails.
Now, I will leave the Hotel room, go find a Stereotypical greedy, lying cheating Taxi Driver, and hope I can see the signs of this before I enter the taxi, then hope I choose the one that does not demonstrate the signs of a greedy, lying, cheating Taxi Driver.
Note, the taxi waiting outside the hotel, is 90 percent of the time a problem, they normally and generally are the nasty stereotype of a taxi driver. They are trying to prey on the naïve stupid, fat, too lazy to work tourist, being greedy the taxi driver is trying to get the big money stupid tourist to use their taxi. (I stay in cheap hotels, not many of these taxi drivers around.)
I need a good list of my biases to make a well informed objective opinion. I know for example, I trust Farm boys above City Boys, but that does not preclude a City boy from having a few morals.