Stereotype and Ethnic Bias…

Humans have a way of perpetuating stereotypes of other people and these are always faulty and inaccurate. In the context of the world, we have created our own view of a particular people or race. We are ethically biased because the mind is wired as such.

The problem is that stereotypes are usually not the factual statement about a particular people or race.  Being a Nigerian and an African, I can draw from my immigrant experience in Europe.  When I relocated to Europe, I was shocked to find out that some people have been so brainwashed by the media that they believed every story dished out to them by the Press.  Most of these information are mere Propagandas.

There are quite embarrassing comments sometimes but I never allowed these remarks to deter me.  Needless to say that I was asked very ridiculous questions.  Trust me.  I always answered with a sweet smile and then go further to correct some wrong impressions.  No one can tell your story better than you. Isn’t it?

I will not want to digress but save my immigrant story for another publication.

What is your story about Africa? What is your story about other peoples of the world? Africa has been labelled many names, from the poorest country to the Dark Continent et al.

I know there are many intelligent and educated people out there. But sadly, some people with good education still accept the pitfalls in the doctrines preached by the Media that they forget to read up information for accuracy.  They forget to verify what they have learned or perhaps re-learn what they think they know.

Is Africa a country or a continent? I can tell you that many people do not even know the right answer. They still refer to Africa as a country. And this reminds me of the quote by the American Writer, Alvin Toffler.

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”

I invite you to take some time and listen to this brilliant young woman, a great Storyteller –  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, as she tells about her experience in this piece titled “The Danger of a Single Story”. Happy viewing!

Hope it calls for a reason to reflect.  Thank you for your time.

 

8 thoughts on “Stereotype and Ethnic Bias…

  1. Thanks Noehlina for reading. I can imagine your own story because of my experiences too. In my case, I always start a conversation and head to the internet for proof of any points I was trying to buttress. I appreciate your comment. Thank you. 🙂

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  2. While the media was supposed to be a tool to help people stay informed, it has become a destructive tool. You are so correct in that the information presented can be very biased and misleading. As you do point out, the important thing is to gather the truth for ourselves. It is comparative to reading the Word for ourselves. While there are great preachers and teachers, the Holy Spirit is still the best source and we need to read the Word ourselves for His enlightenment. When it comes to the world, it is very important to take any information with a grain of salt, then find out the real truth. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You nailed it especially with the preachings raving the world today. I wish people would seek and search for the truth themselves instead of believing any cooked up story about the word of God. I agree that things have gone utterly wrong in the religious realm. No doubt, the gullible ones are being misguided. There is need to search for the truth ourselves. The need to find out the authenticity of any information before drawing conclusions. I do wonder why most people never bother to read so as to equip themselves with the true knowledge of certain geographical spaces and their peoples when information is just a click away. Thank you, my dear friend. You are a kind soul. I sincerely appreciate your time in responding to my posts. I enjoy this interactive sessions with you. Remain blessed. 🙂

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  3. “A thousand candles can be lighted from the flame of one candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness can be spread without diminishing that of yourself.” Ghandi Good post, excellent comments. Shine on y’all!

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    1. I am touched by your warm feedback. Those are powerful words from the Master himself – Ghandi. So true! Lighting the candles of others, affecting others positively does not extinguish one’s burning flame. A great pleasure to have your voice on this post. Thank you very much, I appreciate you. 🙂

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