January 15, 2007

Fighting stereotypes by exposing them

Holding a mirror up to racial stereotypesHow do you describe a Jewish guy?

A black woman?
"Has a big butt."

An Irish dude?
"Drinks a lot, eats potatoes and beats his wife."

This isn't Michael "Kramer" Richards talking. These are our kids, trying to characterize types of people they know nothing about. These kids are in a Pine Bush School District program designed to fight stereotypes by shining a light on them. But they could be any kids in our region.
Comment:  We're doing the same basic thing here: shining a light on Native stereotypes. Or in the article's parlance:

How do you describe an Indian?
"Half-naked savage with feathers."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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