“Well it’s a stereotype because it’s true!” Ever heard this phrase, or said it yourself?
Stereotypes generalize groups of people instead of seeing them as individuals. You might think that’s not such a bad thing when a stereotype has some “truth” to it. But are you really seeing the truth – or are you influenced by your bias?
In this video, Franchesca “Chescaleigh” Ramsey is revealing how stereotypes really work in your brain – and why you may think you see a convenient truth that’s not really there. Find out what “stereotype threat” is, how you might be falling for it, and why it’s better to give people a chance to be themselves and throw stereotypes out the window.
The Editors at Everyday Feminism
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To learn more about this topic, check out:
- Violence Is Not a Culturally Specific Phenomenon: How Racist Stereotypes Damage Communities of Color
- 6 Reasons Why ‘Bad Asians’ Rock and ‘Positive’ Racial Stereotypes Need to Go
Franchesca “Chescaleigh” Ramsey is a graphic designer and video blogger based out of New York City. With over 100k subscribers on her two YouTube channels, Chescaleigh and Chescalocs she and her videos have been featured on numerous style and entertainment blogs and news publications including MTV, The New York Times, Essence.com, and The BBC. In January 2012, Franchesca had her first viral video “Shit White Girls Say…to Black Girls” which accumulated 1.5 million views in 24 hours, 6 million views in a week and over 9 million views to date. Follow her on Twitter @chescaleigh.