-
x

Meet New Friends!

Recommended friends are based on your interests. Make sure they are up to date.

Friends
Kidzworld Logo

Bounce Wit Me - Stereotypes

Lil Bow-Wow says "bounce wit me, bounce wit me." But hold on. An article reported that teachers might put you in special ed classes based on how you walk, talk or dress. And ya know what, that's not very special.

La Vonne Neal, an assistant professor of education at Southwestern University played tapes of White and Black teens both walking like geeks and getting their stroll on. She had teachers look at the tapes and rank them. The teachers rated the teens that swaggered as more aggressive and more stupid. When both teens walked with good posture and a straight head they were felt to be nicer. Go figure. You know and I know that you can't tell how smart someone is by how they walk.

But as your mothers have always told you, "first impressions are lasting ones". For most of us, the way we learn about other people - Black, White, Latino or Asian - is from how we think they are, based on stereotypes from movies, music or television.

How we think they are can make us react to them in a certain way. Think about it. Has it happened to you? You meet someone, size them up, make all kinds of assumptions about them, and then find out YOU WERE WRONG.

It's cool if you can still be friends, and ya know, you can live and learn from your mistakes. It is not cool, if they are denied a chance because of how they walk, talk, or look. Open your eyes at your school. Do you see people put down, or shut out because they are different? Are you smacked down because people really don't know you?

Here's what you do. Teach yourself to be open. It is bound to rub off on others. Don't stand by and let your friends or teachers or parents make stupid comments about something you know they have no idea about. Do the right thing and stop judging. Oh, and by the way - walk straight!

Related Stories:

  • Choosing Love Over Friendship
  • Chillin'
  • Feelingz - How Do You Battle Them?
  • More Advice
  • 5 Comments

    Related Stories

    Kidzworld recently did some trash talking about cheerleading. We called cheerleaders stupid and s...
    F988394373875

    What's Your Parent's Biggest Beef?

    • "Walk straight."
    • "Sit up straight."
    • "Don't look at me like that!"
    • "When I was your age..."

    Dear Dish-It In The Forums

    Arenl
    Arenl posted in Friends:
    He is a jerk, but then what ?? He is your best friend . Maybe you should tell him to sleep for an extra hour. It may be a lack of sleep.
    reply about 1 hour
    KittyCheshire
    KittyCheshire posted in Friends:
    My BFFEL (best friend for eternal life) is being a jerk after we have been friends for a long time. What should I do?
    reply about 1 hour
    PittsburghPenguinsFanatic
    "aftershock" wrote: "NicolletteA" wrote: no. and you sound like the marketing people that stop me at the mall.  :/ lol, I'm not, i just kno someone whos making a new app and wanted to see if any1 would use it.   BTW what do u say to the marketing people at the mall? No. I don't like those people at the mall. Sometimes, they ask my family and I (usually directed at my mom and sister, but sometimes at me, too. Even though I'm under 13. Not for long though.) if they want their hair done. And sometimes I'm so tempted to say, "No thank you. I did my hair today. Do you think I want it done?" But of course I never do. It's kinda disrespectful. So we just usually say No thank you. My mom, sister, and I now have a solution for that (my idea when I was maybe ages 9-11) Don't make eye contact with them and pretend that they aren't there.
    reply about 14 hours
    BookWorm86
    This is GREAT advice! Thx a lot StephRox!:) I have a younger brother & he can be EXASPERATING at times lol! Great advice!!:D
    reply about 15 hours
    Arenl
    Arenl posted in Family Issues:
    My little brother is annoying as ever, but I have to handle him. He is my brother after all.
    reply about 15 hours