We all want the world to be a better place and to bring peace to everyone. But there are so many problems in the world, we don’t know where to start. If I could fix one problem in the world right now, I would end stereotypes. I think stereotypes cause all types of problems like racism and discrimination.

When some people see a black person they may think they’re lower class. When people see a Muslim they might think of a terrorist. When people see a boy wearing tight pants or talk a certain way they might think he is gay. Or a girl who doesn’t like to wear a dress or skirt they may think she’s a tomboy. Some people see a Mexican and may assume they were an immigrant. These are all stereotypes because a stereotype is when you make a judgement about someone of a particular group or race without even knowing them.heidi_halvorson_stereotypes

Stereotypes heavily impact the world because it causes problems between people who make racial and ignorant judgments. That’s why I said stereotypes are the root of racism and discrimination because it all starts with that one judgement that you have about someone.

I believe the way to end stereotypes is to stop believing the bad things you hear about  people of different races and colors. Do your research on their history. If you see a person out on the street of a different race or religion, just ask them a couple questions to get to know them better before you make a judgement. Never judge a book by its cover. Let’s end stereotypes and make a change!


Author: Sarah Furqan