Throughout According to the definition a “model minority is

Throughout
this course, Gender, Race, and Class, we have been assigned many readings that
discuss stereotypes, from their impact, how they come about and how they
connect to our studies of Gender, Race, and class.   The three readings that I have chosen to
analyze for this essay are, “are Asians becoming white?” By Min Zhou and “Prisons
for Our Bodies, Closets for Our Minds,” by Patricia Hill Collins, and “the
Color of Justice” by Michelle Alezander. 
Each of these articles talk about how people with different racial or
ethnic backgrounds, different gender, and different class, are all stereotyped,
in different, and similar ways.

            In “are Asians becoming white?” By
Min Zhou, the author talks about Asian Americans, and how as a group, they have
gained financial and career success, without being ‘white’.  Growing up, Asians were generally stereotyped
to always be smart, particularly good at the subject math, and worked very hard
at school. The author speaks about what ‘white’ is and states, “‘White’ is an
arbitrary label having more to do with privilege than biology. In the United
States, groups initially considered nonwhite, such as the Irish and Jews
“white” membership by acquiring status and wealth”  The Asian stereotype does in fact support the
idea the that Asians are becoming ‘white’. 
Asians are generally stereotyped as being smart in technical subjects
such as math and science because many Asian immigrants came in to the country,
invested their money into the U.S economy, and went to school to fill the high
skill labor jobs, these include scientists, engineers, physicians, and other
skilled professionals.  Asian immigrants
differed from other immigrants and refugees, because they generally come into
the country with many skills, they move into metropolitan areas, and they work
to get the high skilled jobs. Asians are seen by the American society as “model
minorities”. According to the definition a “model minority is “a
demographic group (whether based on ethnicity, race or religion) whose members
are perceived to achieve a higher degree of socioeconomic success than the
population average. This success is typically measured relatively by income,
education, low criminality and high family/marital stability.” I feel that
stereotyping Asians as ‘smart’ or ‘geniuses’ is not a racial stereotype, it is
based off of observations based on population, but is non the less, a stereotype
based on a specific race.  

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            The second reading I chose to
analyze for stereotypes is and
“Prisons for Our Bodies, Closets for Our Minds,” by Patricia Hill
Collins. In this article, Hill, talks about how “racism and
heterosexism mutually construct one another.” This article talks about how
gender and race determine your stereotypes in society. This article talks about
the LGBT community and the stereotypes that come along with being a part of it,
this is less accurate today in 2018 but from the 1960’s to the 2000’s, it was
very controversial and socially unacceptable to be a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or
transgender.  Some stereotypes that go
along with this community are that “gays hate god, and aren’t religious”  “gay men speak like women, they are all very
flamboyant” “members of the LGBT community are more likely to engage in drug
use and then preform sexual actions” and lastly “members of LGBT community are
more likely to be pedophiles”.  From the
1960’s to the 2000’s members of this community were HEAVILY stereotyped and
shunned by society, all because of their sexual attractions. In this article
Hill talks about the laws that prevent people of the LGBT community from
marrying, these laws were created because of stereotypes given by society.  This article goes into depth about racism and
gender discrimination, especially for those who fit into those categories and
are also part of the LGBT community. . 
In this article, Collins discusses the murder of Sakia Gunn, She was a
15 year old, who was stabbed in the chest after being attacked by two men who
were trying to take advantage of her and her friends sexually, after she
informed them she was a lesbian, the men stabbed her in the chest. The many
different factors of the situation help me to understand the response to Gunns
death.  The minority girls challenged the
black male authority, Gunns death shows how strongly someone can feel about
homosexuals, especially one whom is already a minority by color. These
stereotypes are negative stereotypes that target people based on gender and
sexual attraction.

            The last article that I have chosen
to analyze for stereotypes is “the Color of Justice” by Michelle Alezander.  This article talks mainly on stereotypes
based on race and how the United States has a colorblind criminal justice
system.  In this article the author uses
race and crime as proof that stereotypes can hurt the way society runs.  When it comes to the law, African Americans
are more stereotypes than people of white decent.  Modern stereotypes that are put on them are
that they’re up to no good all the time, they’re
criminals, They’re drug
dealers, ect.  This is what makes them
more susceptible to be targeted by law enforcement.  These stereotypes cause an imbalance in the criminal
justice system.  White people are
stereotyped as more innocent, this causes crimes done by white people to go
unseen.  This article talks about Race
and how stereotypes can affect one race more than others in negative ways.

            Each of these articles talk about
how people with different racial or ethnic backgrounds, different gender, and
different class, are all stereotyped, in different, and similar ways.  Each aspect of gender race and class are
affected by stereotypes in negative and positive ways,  I feel that most stereotypes are negative and
hurt people of different genders, races, and classes are affected by
stereotypes.