Are we right, selfish, or both?

As I start to dive into my inquiry, a process that will only produce more and more questions, I start with two questions. One, being “how did cultural and racial profiling start in the U.S and how are they standing the test of time?” The U.S has had a long record with dictating superiority to races on cultures Countless examples can be seen today including: “All Native Americans are alcoholics”.  Through research I was able to understand that this arose during the time of American colonization. Those who colonized America seemed to have no respect for those already there. Killing then off, spreading diseases through the first examples of chemical warfare and uprooting them and forcing them to new limited spaces.  Is it truly a wonder why they started drinking?  Over time it is easy to assume that drinking became a part of their culture, a way of life to avoid the reality placed unfairly upon them. But is that the only reason that they continued to have the stereotype of alcoholics? Was it the white man making it seem like a worse problem than it was? Drinking a few is very different than being an outright alcoholic.  Was it that every time the white man saw these Native Americans they were dive Americans drinking or was it that they were drinking all the time? If it is just that they saw Native Americans belligerent upon seeing them is that enough to start a stereotype?  If it were me I wouldn’t want to see those who uprooted my culture and people. They may have only been drinking to get though seeing those who made their life hard. Another stereotype can be related to this way of thinking. In a hypothetical situation, A woman is newly single and heartbroken most likely she will go out with friends and get drunk enough to avoid having to think of the one who caused her pain. In most cases this is what women do, or at least is portrayed in our media. This leads me to my second question, “why is it that we find entertainment in those living out stereotypes?” Stereotypes are the first line of defense when meeting someone. Is it a joy to find that they are a living stereotype or is it just self-reward for being able to label and figure someone out? Is that why Stereotypes are popular in our media, is it that we enjoy seeing them or is it that we always like to be right?


4 thoughts on “Are we right, selfish, or both?

  1. Okay, great stereotype…I totally forgot about this one as Natives being Alcoholics.
    Your inquiry is very different from the rest of ours. Almost everyone else is doing gender stereotyping with the side of emotions or intelligence.
    You bring up a good last question about enjoying stereotypes and being right. I wonder if our problem, as a society, is we just don’t want to be open to the modern way of things. Like if this is what we group up with, why bother seeing if it has actually changed? We don’t want to be wrong about anything, why would we want to know that the ways we’ve been thinking are wrong and hurtful? Will it ever change? How could it?


  2. Love these questions! It seems like you really took a lot a lot from your research, which is great since this is about gaining, not just showing that you can copy and paste or summarize and article. You have already formed a lot of new questions from the research that you have done, and I’m interested to see what you will learn or what else you will question when you further your research.


  3. I didn’t really see many overlaps between our inquiry posts mainly because your questions are very different mine. You really have gone in depth with your research and I’m interested in learning more about the stereotypes for Native Americans.


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