Stereotypes always come from a little bit of truth right? Maybe, but it seems that the truth can be stretched a bit. As I’ve interacted with people of different races, I’ve noticed that many stereotypes are some bullshit.
They say that Black people can dance. We’re supposed to be the most dancing-ass people in the world. But every year, when America’s Best Dance Crew commercials come on, who do you see?
They say Black people like chicken and watermelon. Chicken is a sensitive topic for me. I love chicken, but it’s also a dumbass stereotype, so I’m torn. It’s absolutely ridiculous, because every White-people picnic I’ve been to had chicken; and at least half of them had watermelon.
What happens when I Google search “nigga”? I get this guy
whose alias refers to the fact that his friends think that he “sings like a Black guy from Jamaica”.
Stereotypes are often full of lies. They try to make it seem as if only one demographic acts a particular way. Yes, the percentage of incarcerated Black people is higher than that of White people; but that doesn’t have a damn thing to do with the actual number of crimes that White people commit (feel me?).
But stereotypes are resilient. The president can be as Black as you want; that won’t change the fact that you’re still more likely to get pulled over than any one else. And if you have an adult and professional conversation with some White people, this may still be their Black guy impression.