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Discrimination Caused by Stereotypes

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Discrimination Caused by Stereotypes

When I lived in a small town called Crestview, Florida, I was known as a skater

or punker. This was because of the way I dressed, the way I talked, the way I wore my

hair and the music that I listened to. Because I was known as a skater people had a

preconceived opinion of me. What I mean is that people treated me differently because

of their concept of me. Even though some people got to know me pretty well, some still

thought that I was a stereotypical skater. I really was not a typical one, which is what I

am writing this about.

First, most stereotypical skaters do drugs; I won’t and never will, but because of

my stereotype a lot of people thought that I did drugs. A lot of skaters are also very rude.

I am a very polite person, which a lot of people did not want to believe, and because of

that some people did not like me.

Second, my clothes are a little baggier than normal, and because of that I was

treated differently. For instance when I walked into a gas station, the clerk would not

take his/her eyes off of me just because of the way I dressed, and the clothes that I wore,

which was really annoying to me. They went out of their way to watch me and only me.

Also, when I would walk into the mall in Ft. Walton cops would follow me around all

over the place because of my clothes and the stereotype that goes along with that.

Another example is one day my friends and I were skating outside a grocery store

called Winn Dixie which allowed us to skate there, and a cop pulled up and

watched us the whole time that we were there. One time a cop tried to arrest us, pulled us

over, and searched us, but he did not find anything on us that was not supposed to be

there. So he probably felt kind of stupid. My friends and I know it was not his fault. It

was the stereotype of skaters that made him do wha...

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