Racial Stereotypes Of African Americans And Hispanic Americans

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Area all racializations equal? The question posed for this assignment made me pause. The first answer that came to me was, “No, of course not,” and while this still may be my final conclusion, it is not that simple of an answer. Some racial stereotypes can be directly harmful to a group of people, and some racial stereotypes are quieter and are more indirect. To explain what I mean by this I will look at racial stereotypes of African American and Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, and white Americans. First African Americans and Hispanic Americans. I realize that these groups of people are unique and experience different stereotypes; however, due to the readings from the past few weeks I have decided to group them together for this …show more content…
The school to prison pipeline is an issue that affects many students throughout America, and will continue to hurt the education of students as long as the pipeline continues. As many African American and Hispanic American students are already perceived as having challenging behaviors, is it really a surprise that the majority of students that are involved in the school to prison pipeline are from these groups? It does not surprise me at all. African American and Hispanic American students are constantly having to work against racial stereotypes as school administrators expel more African American students than white students or students of other groups; in fact, 40 percent of students expelled from public schools are African American. Not only that, about 70 percent of students arrested or reported to law enforcement are African Americans or Hispanic American. Tracie Porter reports that African American and Hispanic Americans dominate the prison populations in the United States. This is unlikely to be a coincidence considering two these groups make up a small proportion of the United States, and is more likely to be the result of racial profiling and stereotypes. While African Americans and Hispanic Americans often have to face racial stereotypes that they have low academic potentials, some students are stereotyped to have high …show more content…
White teachers are more likely to favor their Asian American students and see them as having more academic potential than other students. At first glance this may not seem like an oppressing stereotype, but Angela Kim and Christine Yeh shed some light on how the assumption that all Asian American students have advanced academic capabilities can negatively affect students. Kim and Yeh report that many Asian American students feel an extreme amount of pressure to do well in school and live up to the expectations of those around them, including their teachers. Some students even experience feelings of anxiety to live up to these high expectations, and feel depressed if they are unable to do so. And worst of all, some Asian American students who were unable to accomplish high academic expectations felt they were unable to ask for help because they were ashamed or embarrassed. As a future teacher, this was the statement that made me upset. Students should never feel that they are unable to get help from their teachers. That is what teachers are there for. And teachers who make their students feel like they cannot ask for help should be ashamed of themselves. The popular belief that Asian Americans are smart and do not have to worry about school is untrue and can actually hurt their education.

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