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Opinion: Dismantling Stereotypes – By Yvonne Sam

 – By Yvonne Sam

We use stereotypes all the time without knowing it. We have met the enemy of equality and the enemy is“us”.

It is almost midnight, a young Black male stands next to an expensive car. What is our first thought? How many people automatically believe that he is up to no good and he is not the owner of the vehicle?  You are pulled over by a police officer for a traffic stop.

How many folks immediately think he knows the law, he knows what he is doing and he will be fair – or not? A white female in a business suit and carrying an attaché case enters the courthouse and heads towards the front of a courtroom. How many of us instantaneously assume she is a lawyer?              Continue reading