A widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing: "sexual and racial stereotypes".
View or represent as a stereotype: "the film is weakened by its stereotyped characters".
The belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, esp. so as to distinguish it as...
Prejudice or discrimination directed against someone of a different race based on such a belief.
Do you generally find stereotypes to be true? I posted the definition because I know many think that stereotypes and racism are one and the same. Racism is more hate fueled while stereotypes are generalizations.
Before everyone gets up in arms about generalizations--it is not inclusive of an entire group of people. There are exceptions to every rule.
A general statement or concept obtained by inference from specific cases.
The action of generalizing: "such anecdotes cannot be a basis for generalization".
So what stereotypes do you find to be true? I'll start:
Puerto Ricans love to party
Asians love to take pictures--of *everything*
Mexicans live in houses with many families all under one roof
White people can't dance
Black mothers are less likely to take the slightest bit of shit from their kids
Remember, stereotypes aren't always negative things. There are many many positive and negative things about each and every group of people.