“I heard Rapa Nuian’s are cannibals, Chinese would go karate on you if you give them the stink eye, Arabs are terrorists, Jews are greedy, Fijians stinks, Tongans are savages dogs and horses have a hard time staying asleep afraid they may eat them, and all Americans are generally friendly, generous, and tolerant” These are all the kinds of stereotyping I find myself wondering and then to make it worst, keep my distance from these people. Grew up in Samoa my whole life with stories that have completed my selection of people I should talk to and those I should avoid. My dad would always teach me to avoid talking to strangers; my definition of strangers would be anyone who is dark skinned and has a hoodie above the head (Zimmerman’s case rings a bell?). And the ones who are not but literally they are would be people who has money or white guys (not Asians) on fancy cars Thank you Hollywood for that misconception.
Since American Samoa is a United States’ territory, everyone else (foreigners) who are not part of it became the subject of stereotyping. It never dawned on me since now that the culture of America is to assimilate people (melting pot) and stuff assurance in our minds to trust nobody but them (don’t cha think so?). These stories dwell in our minds we have a hard time accepting that people and the world changed since the last 50 years or so. Some confided that they are afraid to travel to Europe; the Nazis would catch and burn them in large ovens. People such as vegetarians would never think of marrying Tongans, and clean freaks would never make a close contact with Fijians.
It is when we find fault that we find ourselves really at error. We should not merely judged people just because of “Once upon a time” stories or because of foolish actions of few people or simply because the movies presents it so. It is when we find fault that we do not progress and think outside of the box. It is when we find fault that we live each day with fear when in contact with these people. It is when we find fault that we really lose out on an opportunity to learn and interact with people who can help us grow.