Equity Challenge Sterotypes

To recognize the role race plays within our daily lives, it is necessary to begin acknowledging the stereotypes that are seen daily. These stereotypes can paint people in a light that is not reflective of their actual character. The first step in changing this is acknowledging the existence of stereotypes and the roles they play in our lives. Later in this series we will take a deeper dive into intersectionality-the study of overlapping or intersecting social identities and related systems of oppression, domination, or discrimination.

Stereotype: A standardized mental picture that is held in common about members of a group that represents an oversimplified opinion, attitude, or unexamined judgment, without regard to individual differences


You Just Witnessed a Sterotype (3 Minute Read)

This article gives a 3-Response that could actually make a difference.

Intersectionality Matters: Understanding the Overlapping Identities of Black Women (5 Minute Read.

Stereotypes have misrepresented the achievements, abilities and potential of Black individuals. Read this article on how Black Excellence challenges stereotypes and redefines what success looks like.

Racial Stereotypes are Making American’s Sicker (9 Minute Read)

Read this Forbes’ piece to gather a perspective on why stereotypes are negative.


Can Stereotypes ever be good (5:51)
  • Video Description Via YouTube: Explore the model minority stereotype, and discover how it became a label for Asian Americans and is used to enforce racial hierarchies.


Who Gets to be a hero in the story of America?

Kimberlé Crenshaw andthe African American Policy Forum at Sundance’s “Big Conversation” series explores how cinematic storytelling has long been, and continues to be, critical to shaping the contours of democratic inclusion. Who gets to be a hero or a villain in popular depictions of American life? Listen here (52 minutes).