Consequences Of Stereotyping In A Crazy World
It is not often I write about the consequences of stereotyping. This is partly because they are obvious and so there is little need to belabor the point. This is also partly because becoming too focused on the consequences of stereotyping can blind you from being able to understand how stereotypes work, which ultimately is the only way to change how they are used.
Nonetheless, sometimes consequences warrant attention because they demonstrate how crazy the world can be. Such is the case with the recent announcement that a Kentucky church intends to ban interracial couples from becoming members.
Although you might not think stereotyping is relevant here, it is because stereotypes promote the view that race exists, one premise of this ban. When we communicate stereotypes about race, we participate in constructing stereotypes as real, but also race itself as real. To say a racial group has certain stereotypical characteristics presumes that racial groups exist. However, race is now commonly viewed by scholars as a social construction not based in science or fact.
Despite the (depressing) stance the church has taken with their majority vote, the comments on the brief article provide some evidence that the world has not gone crazy.