10 11 2009

Anthony Santana

            A few classes ago we had an exercise that dealt with stereotypes.  We went around writing down well known stereotypes about other races, genders, ages, and sexualities.  I think the point of the whole exercise was to notice that everybody has a stereotype associated with their background.  Yes, this is true; however, I noticed that some were more brutal than others.  For example, the stereotype of the black male was by far the worst.  Why is this?  It seems like our classroom is opened minded.  Would we still write these stereotypes if we had a fellow black student?  Honestly I hope we still would, because I think it is important to examine the reasons why black’s stills seem to be targeted the most by racism.  The funny thing is, homosexuals seemed to be less stigmatized.  I think there might be correlation between our stereotypes of black’s and homosexuals.  For one, having our school based in San Francisco has made us much more tolerant of gays.  Even if we have any ill feelings towards the homosexual community, it can never be expressed in public due to the outcry it would cause.  Additionally, since San Francisco is home to many homosexuals, we have had the opportunity to work, have school with, and interact with them on an everyday basis.  This has to have changed our perceptions of the homosexual community for the better. 

            On the other side of the spectrum, we have had little contact with the black community being from San Francisco.  San Francisco is notorious for being a very white city.  San Franciscan’s pride themselves on living in one of the most diverse areas in the country, however, this is not that case.  Maybe the Bay Area is diverse, but San Francisco is not.  Our districts are still split up by race.  I live in the Marina composed of mostly whites, the mission has its Mexican residents, Chinatown has Chinese and so on.  So who are we kidding about a diverse city.  Diversity comes with interaction; we can’t claim we live in a diverse community if we don’t interact with different cultures.  Interaction breeds understanding and acceptance.  The more we hangout together, the more similarities we find than differences.




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