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Stereotyping; Is It Fair For All Concerned

Stereotyping; Is It Fair For All Concerned

Recently in a Tampa Bay Wal-Mart a Manager held over a man for writing a fraudulent check. It turns out that the check was not only good, but very good. Indeed the manager had mistaken the gentleman for being the same man who previously had written many bad checks at that particular Wal-Mart. The gentleman said he was held and accused of check fraud because he was black. In fact there was a witness who was said to have over heard a comment that it was the same Blackman as before. Obviously this did not sit well with the gentleman accused and his attorney also took issue with it in the local court.

Another incident which did not make the papers and probably happens all the time was witnessed in a Sam's Club in Santa Fe New Mexico, by a Mr. Weinstein in which a clerk told him she did not need to see his ID and trusted him because he was not Mexican. This comment did not go unnoticed by Mr. Weinstein and he made mention of it to the manager. The clerk who said it was still working their the next week when Weinstein went in to the store and he figured that the Manager agreed with the clerks comment or just did not care that it was made. These types of things happen all the time, we have also heard of the issues where Black Americans have been singled out and pulled over on the NJ Turnpike because they were black and then find out that it was a State Policy for profiling. The Wal-Mart issue is something, which is a problem with society, not necessarily the company itself and certainly not their official policy. The Manager in Tampa Bay was fired and the event hit the World Media. Would it have hit the National or Statewide news if that person were white, would a lawsuit have occurred if the person was white?

The reason is it appears that in these types of issues that we have turned such discussions into issues of profiling? If so, then we all have thousands of examples to tell of. Generally stereotypes exist because they are based partly in fact and partly in observations. For instance let's take the statement that we have all heard; "Asians are not the best drivers."

Often what we find is that the observer indeed finds what he/she is looking for. If every time someone stops past the limit line we wrote it down, we might find that the stereotype is perhaps not totally incorrect, but percentage wise might be somewhat correct or ever so slightly different. If we however are looking for this Asian person, then eventually we will see that and allow this to register in our memory, whereas if it was someone who looked like us, we might not register it at all thus creating no memorable event.

You see as we go thru life we have experiences, we should not deny our experiences or drown ourselves in Political Correctness but rather be very very careful with our observations to insure they are accurate. In Mr. Weinstein's observation he was repeating what a clerk had said. Did the clerk believe that to be true? Was that indeed a valid observation? Since the clerk still works there, did the manager agree? Did the manager not agree? Was the clerk reprimanded? Sometimes stereotypes are accurate sometimes they are not, but they do exist and seem to be normal human interaction.

I was called a peachy gringo a couple of times in my life both to my face and behind my back. Maybe that stereotype is correct, maybe it is valid or maybe it is complete and utter hokum? Maybe all white managers or company owners are that? You decide, but do think thru the stereotype issue before labeling another and check your memory to make sure your observations are indeed accurate, thanks because I just hate being called a peachy gringo, whatever that is?

Stereotyping; Is It Fair For All Concerned

Stereotyping; Is It Fair For All Concerned

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