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The Big Boss smoking his cigar is often what comes to mind when we watch movies that are related to Mafias. That is why you can’t blame games like Mafia Wars and other games have caricatures with the same impressions.
Not only on Mafias but also with babies… if you have a baby boy, all of the items are branded in blue and if you have a girl, you get pink.
So, what is my point here? Simple, people are often influenced by the stereotyping done by other people. Stereotyping can be good in giving you ideas on what to give children in terms of color but when it is done to other people, as to pre-judging a person even though you haven’t any knowledge of his/her past is really bad.
A good example of this kind is the viral Facebook profile status that says…
A 15 year old girl holds hands with her 1 year old son. People call her a slut; no one knows she was raped at 13. People call a girl fat, no one knows she has a serious disease which causes her to be overweight. People call an old man ugly; no one knows he had a serious injury to his face while he was…fighting in the war. Make this your status if you’re against bullying & stereotyping, bet none of you will?
Another blogger updated this status into a more corrected grammar and in a broad sense…
A fifteen year old girl holds her one year old son and people call her a slut. Nobody cares about how hard her life is and helps her. People call a girl fat, and miss meeting the person who could have been her best friend. People call an old man ugly, instead of talking to him and learning about all the extraordinarily things that have happened in this life. Pass this on if you want to, but more importantly, show kindness to others, even when you find them distasteful. (Crusade Against Boredom)
Grammatically wrong or correct, I think stereotyping is bad in some manner. The only solution is putting in mind that we should be kind always. It can really make a difference and can make this world a better place for everyone.
Am I making sense? I hope I did. 🙂