Rhetoric & Stereotypes: Rethinking How We Think.

Group Associated Stereotypes I think that most group stereotypes are negative but this is not always the case. They can often take a morsel of truth and point it out to simplify a few negative points from which to wrongly view the total picture. I remember a phrase which I do not know who the author is yet it says, “Things we do not understand we learn to fear, things we fear we learn to hate, and things we hate we seek to destroy”. I believe often stereotypes are used to invoke fear or dislike which can promulgate acts of discrimination. I found a quote on stereotypes that stated, “A ‘stereotype’ is a generalization about a person or group of persons. We develop stereotypes when we are unable or unwilling to obtain all of the information we would need to make fair judgments about people or situations. In the absence of the total picture, stereotypes in many cases allow us to fill in the blanks. Our society often innocently creates and perpetuates stereotypes, but these stereotypes often lead to unfair discrimination and persecution when the stereotype is unfavorable” (Grobman, 1990). I will address the following stereotypes of Politicians, the Religious Right, Tattooed Persons, and Feminists. I had some of my own Politicians stereotypes such as they were liars and did little good but to keep things the way it is. I know by reflection that this is not totally true. There are politicians that work for change. The following are some quotes I found on Politicians stereotypes. “Politicians never keep their promises” (Capitol Wire, Inc., 2003). The “politician-as-weathervane stereotype:...