Tuesday, December 1, 2009


Before delving into this blog, we believe it is crucial to define our interpretation of the word "stereotype" thus giving you, the readers, a better understanding of the foundation we are building from. We will be using Merriam-Webster’s second (cultural) definition of the word, which reads as follows:

“Something conforming to a fixed or general pattern; especially a standardized mental picture that is held in common by members of a group and that represents an oversimplified opinion, prejudiced attitude, or uncritical judgment.”

We are taking a more liberal definition of the term seeing as the true meaning of the word (also according to Merriam-Webster) is “A plate cast from a printing surface,” and would obviously lead to much confusion. In this blog, we will focus more on the negative stereotypes and the “prejudiced attitude” part of “stereotypes” definition the general public has concerning Latino/as, though we realize there are existing positive stereotypes. According to a research paper done by psychologist Linda A. Jackson, “Stereotypes, Emotions, Behavior, and Overall Attitudes Towards Hispanics by Anglos,” most studies of “Examined stereotypes of Latinos suggest that perceptions [of Latinos] are generally unfavorable.” (1) Our blog will offer insight into why the general public is bombarded with stereotypes of Latino/as carrying very negative connotations by posting examples seen in media outlets such as movies, news shows, TV shows, and other sources that are mass distributed to the public.

1 Jackson, Linda A. “Stereotypes, Emotions, Behavior, and Overall Attitudes Towards Hispanics by Anglos.” Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 31, no. 12 (2005): 1-13.

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