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Caitlin McGowan April 16, 2011 Stereotypes A stereotype is a label that is given to a person. It is a judgment and it is used to categorize a group of people. It goes hand in hand with bias , prejudice , and discrimination . It is a pre-conceptualized idea of someone just because of their beliefs, the way they look, or their backrounds. African Americans are stereotyped as being excellent basketball players. This stereotype originated because some of the top professional basketball players are African American: Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal, Hakeem Abdul Jabar, etc. It is a proven fact that about 80% or more of the professional basketball players in the NBA are African American. Even in the NCAA a majority of the players are African American. Then again, this does not mean that every African American is good at basketball or even can play basketball better than another individual of a different race or ethnicity. Being able to play basketball is a skill and hobby. There are definitely a lot of
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This note was uploaded on 06/10/2011 for the course ENGLISH 101 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '07 term at Rutgers.

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