Most people have experienced prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination at some time in his or her life. A stereotype is any thought widely adopted about specific types of individuals or certain ways of behaving intended to represent the entire group of those individuals or behaviors as a whole. Prejudice means unreasonable feelings, opinions, or attitudes in a hostile nature regarding an ethnic, racial, social, or religious group. These formed opinions about a category of people based on the general perceptions which can either be as a result of one’s personal experience with a particular group can be widely spread which can lead others who have not had the same experience to adopt the same belief. In the following paragraphs, I will summarize three stories, discuss the stereotypes, and compare and contrast each story.
In the essay “Working at Wendy’s” by Joey Franklin, the author makes a case for setting aside one’s pride to provide for your family. Throughout the essay, Franklin supports this argument by recounting the experiences of his friends and family members who have found themselves in similar situations.