Stereotyping is bad. Bad, bad, bad, bad, bad…
Except when it gets you out of doing stuff you don’t want to do.
For example: there’s a stereotype about Asians that says they’re lousy drivers. Sounds bad, right?
But let’s say you’re an Asian with a car. You’re about to drive off someplace when, out of nowhere, you see someone run out and yell:
“Can anybody give me a ride to the gas station? My car just broke down!”
That Asian person may not want to give that person a ride. They may be praying hard that the person needing a ride doesn’t come up to them and ask to be driven.
Lo and behold: the person in need of the ride runs up to the Asian and is about to ask them for a ride…
But then, they “remember” that Asians can’t drive well. So, they decide to pass on asking the Asian for a ride. Sounds sucky, but hey – that Asian didn’t want to give that person a ride in the first place!
Or, what about the stereotype that Mexicans are lazy, or that Black men are short-tempered? These stereotypes are not typically true universally for either race… but best believe, if a racist boss comes through and tries to assign extra busy work to someone, it won’t be the “lazy” Mexican or the “easily frustrated” Black man.
You mean I can keep doing the work I’m doing and NOT be given extra work just because my boss believes a stereotype about me? That’s GREAT! Plus, not only do I not have to do the work; if he really IS being racist, I can sue AND get more money than I would have gotten had I been assigned the work in the first place!
Ah, when stereotypes get you out of doing annoying chores… now THAT’S something to be thankful for!