Stereotypes of white Americans

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Stereotypes of white people in the United States are generalizations about the character and behavior of white Americans.


Social stereotypes

Stereotypes of white people include the idea that they are "extremely self-involved, uneducated about people other than themselves, and are unable to understand the complicated ways in which people who are not white survive."[1]

Stereotypes of white people in general either reflect those of upper class WASPs or "backward," "barely-educated" redneck sub-population.[2] Stereotypes of rednecks include incest and inbreeding, abusing hard drugs like methamphetamine, and watching NASCAR.[3]

Southern Hospitality and Minnesota Nice are examples of regional stereotypes related to kindness and hospitality, although they may not necessarily be exclusive to white people.

Negative portrayals of specific groups of white people

As the social definition of "white people" has changed over the years, studies have shown that different races, ethnicities, and nationalities have different stereotypes of white people.[4][5] Before the 1980's, Ethnic groups such as the Irish, Italians and Polish people were portrayed in popular media and culture in a negative fashion.[6] White Hispanic and Latino Americans are often overlooked in the U.S. mass media and in general American social perceptions, where being "Hispanic or Latino" is often incorrectly given a racial value, usually mixed-race, such as Mestizo,[7][8][9] while, in turn, are overrepresented and admired in the U.S. Hispanic mass media and social perceptions.[10][11][12][13][14][15][excessive citations]

See also


  1. ^ Diamond, E. (1996) Performance and Cultural Politics. Routledge. p. 279.
  2. ^ Deggans, Eric (May 1, 2013). "On 'Hicksploitation' And Other White Stereotypes Seen On TV". NPR. Retrieved June 25, 2013.
  3. ^ Lapidos, Juliet. "How Did West Virginia get a reputation for inbreeding". Slate.
  4. ^ Fernandez, R. America Beyond black and white: How Immigrants and Fusions are Helping Us Overcome the Racial Divide. University of Michigan Press. p. 174.
  5. ^ Han, A. and Hsu, J.Y. (2004) Asian American X: An Intersection of 21st Century Asian American Voices. University of Michigan Press. p. 208.
  6. ^ Leo W. Jeffres, K. Kyoon Hur (1979) " white Ethnics and their Media Images", Journal of Communication 29 (1), 116–122.
  7. ^ Richard Rodriguez. "A CULTURAL IDENTITY".
  8. ^ "Separated by a common language: The case of the white Hispanic".
  9. ^ Hispanics:A Culture, Not a Race
  10. ^ Newsweek Staff (June 18, 2003). "Y Tu Black Mama Tambien". Newsweek.
  11. ^ The Blond, Blue-Eyed Face of Spanish TV
  12. ^ Blonde, Blue-Eyed Euro-Cute Latinos on Spanish TV
  13. ^ What are Telenovelas? – Hispanic Culture
  14. ^ Racial Bias Charged On Spanish-Language TV
  15. ^ Skin tone consciousness in Asian and Latin American populations
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