You’re driving down a one lane road, and the person in front of you is driving 10 miles per hour below the speed limit, with their left turn blinker on for the last 5 minutes. As you sit there frustrated you think (or more likely yell) “Who let this Asain get a driver’s license, and how come I always get stuck behind these people?” The 2nd lane finally opens up and you hit the gas, only to see the other driver is a middle aged white man. How many times has one of us done this? But stereotypes we’ve encountered, and ones we’ve learned from others put preconceived notions in our head that only an Asain person would drive so poorly. This isn’t to say that our driver’s education system in this country isn’t awful, but its to make yourself think, can you really get away from the thoughts in your head. When you here the name “Akbar Shabaz Jones”, in your head do you picture an elderly french fellow…of course not. But because of the thoughts embedded into our heads, stereotypes are on heck of a thing to break away from.
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