The definition of stereotypes:
A widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing. Basically being a ‘smug’.
I’m South African and since South Africa has different races and foreigners to add on the population, I’ve to realise that we all stereotype and we to proud to admit it. We judge each other according to the race your from and according to what we heard and what we believe.
We had apartheid and as for us the people of colour “blacks’” to make it easy for one to understand, we tend to blame everything on it, not realising that the we bringing it back but this time in a different way; stereotyping.
We are dividing our own nation due to choosing to be ignorant, instead of helping each other we are bringing each other down; only this time not violently but verbally.
Different races means they’ll be different beliefs and different ways people do things. We might all be human and live in the same country, suburb or location rather but the way we do something’s will be different.
There’s 11 official languages, I am a contribution of Pedi, Tswana and Sotho, three different races and different languages but yet similar; and other people from different races believe that all these language listed above are the same. That is a simple typical and yet common type of being stereotype.
I grew up to believe that
ü Xhosa people are liars and the ladies use “Muthi” spells to keep a men.
ü The Zulu people are arrogant and stubborn, they want to run or rule everything they can get their hands on and they don’t finish school because they have a future in being taxi drivers and taxi marshals if not cue marshals.
ü Tsonga people have a lot of love and they have many children some went to as far as labelling the Tsongas as dirty and careless.
ü Sotho people are calm and evil, they Sotho man are stingy.
ü Tswana people are cold hearted and they are very talk active, Tswana woman are believed and Tswana man are like the Sotho man; stingy.
ü Pedi people are believed to be witches, the Pedi woman have killer bodies and the Pedi men are far from being stingy, they like to care for their partners and also Pedi people brag a lot and they like to stand out in the crowed.
ü Venda people are also witches and they are pretenders, they like to build big colourful houses and they too sometimes are related to Tsongas
ü I was also made to believe that Afrikaners are cold hearted and they don’t love or like black people; white people are somehow a little different from Afrikaners since they sometime show sympathy to the blacks and I also believed that white people were like mermaids and they could speak to big snakes. As for Indians, I believed that are rich and they have a bed smell, they don’t marry one from the poor family and they marry only Indians. Indians guys love their cars and they like to standout in the crowd with their hairstyles and colourful, loud yet beautiful and clean cars.
ü Coloureds are very short tempered and they drink a lot of beer, and by the age of 25 they lose their teeth. They love people but then again they don’t anyone to mess with them. Coloured men hang around as gangs; Coloureds are just rock and roll, they live life like there’s no tomorrow.
I was very stereotype and the media had a lot to do with the way I viewed and analysed the fellow South Africans.
This perspective way of seeing things bought dispute between some of the races mostly the black culture. We don’t respect each other because we have a different mindset on how the other races are; forgetting that people are not the same, we now judge by the majority forgetting the minority.
As a young lady I grow up with a programmed mind that all man are they same and they don’t change, I don’t know where the phrase comes from, or who came up with it but i believe; maybe a Chinese woman said that when she couldn’t see or find her husband in a crowded flee market, since they look alike.
This racial stereotype divides the nation, because people end up fighting and killing each other, since they don’t even give themselves a chance to know each other, we don’t have time to even correct each other about our different cultures.
Now that I’ve grown I can see that this is not a way to live, and funny is we might fight and hate each other but we can’t live without each other. I’ve seen a nice but shocking thing or result rather, as much as we hate each other deep down we love each other. We end up marrying the very same race that we fought with, most Zulu guys are married to Tswana ladies and most Tswana guys are married to Xhosa females, Tsonga guys married to Pedi ladies and Pedi guys married to Venda females.
The good thing about this is that the kids grow up as mixed raced and that is a positive way of decreasing racial stereotype. Slowly but surely we are getting there only patience and perseverance is needed and hope to be believed.
Thanks to being open minded I’ve changed my thoughts and now i see a person for what he or she is not what I was made to believe. I was not born during the time of apartheid so i can’t go around hating every Afrikaners and every white just like me some of them were not born. They only thing to do now is to focus on the future and using this democracy to our advantages, and stop saying ‘we used to struggle’ where else we went there, we heard about such from our history classes and what the alders tell us. Being bias, stereotyped won’t get us anywhere but to the up and coming world war, the one I’m not ready for.
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