Nauert based his arguments based on a study of the University of Toronto that shows how people get hurt because of stereotypes, and how it could affect their performance in different task.
“People are more likely to be aggressive after they’ve faced prejudice in a given situation.
The positive stereotype (“good at athletics”) apparently led to stronger negative beliefs about black people than the negative one (“prone to violence”)” (Burkeman).
This demonstrates how good and bad stereotypes are equally bad because it causes prejudgment and leads to bigger problems.
Chimamanda tells us how she felt struck by this because she is member of a middle class family in Nigeria and she doesn’t listen to tribal music.
This demonstrates how people are influenced by a single story of a country or a person, and are no aware of many other stories that could change the perception of them.I hate that people think I should be priest because of my personality.I hate all of this because people are creating a concept of me based in what they see, but not in who I really am. It puts labels about how a person should act or live according to their sex, race, personality, and other facts.She uses the example of when she first came to the US to study.She says that a woman felt sorry about her because she came from Africa, and even ask her if she could listen her tribal music.We should learn not to judge and prejudge about people because of what we think they should be like, and should change our point of view about the stereotypes that are deeply rooted in our society.The negatives effects that stereotyping causes in people are many.“Now, what if my roommate knew about my friend Fumi Onda, a fearless woman who hosts a TV show in Lagos, and is determined to tell the stories that we prefer to forget?What if my roommate knew about the heart procedure that was performed in the Lagos hospital last week?What if my roommate knew about contemporary Nigerian music, talented people singing in English and Pidgin, and Igbo and Yoruba and Ijo, mixing influences from Jay-Z to Fela to Bob Marley to their grandfathers.What if my roommate knew about the female lawyer who recently went to court in Nigeria to challenge a ridiculous law that required women to get their husband’s consent before renewing their passports? What if we see in other countries, cultures, or religions not only what we belief, but also other stories that could change our perception. We can see the negatives effects in many areas such as the academic area.