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News Literacy: News Views & Fact Checking Resources: Stereotypes & Race

What is a Stereotype?

The less you know about something, the more your mind has to guess.

Guesses are often based on prior experience, or other people's stories.

Prior experience may be so limited that it is not an accurate indicator of future interactions.

Stories are often distorted for entertainment.

Theoretically, stereotypes should be replaced with actual knowledge.  Realistically, stereotypes are seldom challenged unless something happens to create a reason to change the initial assumption.  Challenging stereotypes is hard work.

For Discussion

There is no such thing as race - Toni Morrison speech about racism

Jane Elliott on Her "Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes Exercise" and Fighting Racism

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