Stereotypes of white Americans in the United States

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Stereotypes of white people in the United States are generalizations about the character and behavior of people of Caucasian, and usually European, descent.

Stereotypes[edit]

Social stereotypes[edit]

In the United States, white people make up the majority of the nation's politicians, military leaders and corporate executives,[1][2][3] while most minority groups have a smaller presence, and are less well-off. Stereotypes of white people include the idea that they are all "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."[4] Stemming from that is "White people problems", a concept similar to First-world problems where stereotypically self-involved white people obsess over trivialities.

Stereotypes of white people in general often reflect those of the "backward," "barely-educated" redneck sub-population.[5] Stereotypes of rednecks include incest and inbreeding, abusing hard drugs like Meth and watching Nascar. [6]

The opposite of the redneck stereotype is the White Anglo-Saxon Protestant (WASP) stereotype of wealthy well-off whites. Although only a small percentage of whites are truly wealthy in America, many minorities and poorer whites believe a much large percentage of white people, overall, are rich stereotypical WASPs. WASPs are stereotypically seen as condescending arrogant unsavory rich people who show unaffected silent disdain and disgust for lower classes and ethnic minorities as well as being exclusionary, close-minded and elitist. WASP stereotypes involve old money, Ivy League college educations, high income white collar office work in fields such as finance and law in ritzy downtown offices, large houses in exclusive neighborhoods or gated communities, country club memberships, and leisure activities like golf, cricket and yachting. The WASP stereotype also often collides with yuppie culture in a taste for the finer things in life and an unbridled love of shameless materialism in having the latest luxury cars, clothes, gadgets and living in pricy real estate from gentrified areas in world class American cities as well as spacious mansions in exclusive suburbs and exurbs. [7] WASP culture is often tied hand-in-hand with preppy culture. A 2006 television advertisement for Smirnoff Raw Tea called "Tea Partay" poked fun at preppy WASP culture in making a parody Rap music video featuring a fictional Rap group called P-Unit, or Prep Unit, consisting of stereotypical WASP young men in exclusive areas of New England rhyming about their opulent lifestyles.

One of the most prevailing stereotypes of white people is that of being an unhip and uncool race of people who have constantly emulated and awkwardly adopted facets of black American culture from music to fashion to dance to slang for most of modern American history.[citation needed]

Promoting his album White People Party Music, African-American rapper Nick Cannon generated controversy by posting a series of hashtags on Twitter reflecting stereotypically white interests, such as farmer's markets, beer pong, cream cheese, kissing their pet dogs, and fist pumping.[8]

Negative portrayals of specific groups of white people[edit]

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.[9][10] Ethnic groups such as the English, Irish, and Italians have been portrayed in popular media and culture in a negative fashion.[11] 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,[12][13][14] while, in turn, are overrepresented and admired in the U.S. Hispanic mass media and social perceptions.[15][16][17][18][19] [20] [21]

Intra-white stereotypes[edit]

The dumb blonde is a popular-culture derogatory stereotype applied to blonde-haired women, who are typically white.[22] The archetypical "dumb blonde," while viewed as attractive and popular, has been portrayed as very promiscuous, as well as lacking in both common street-sense and academic intelligence, often to a comedic level. The dumb blonde stereotype is used in 'blonde jokes.'

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mother Jones, the Changing Power Elite, 1998". Retrieved 2007-01-20. 
  2. ^ "US Census Bureau, Household income distribution, 2005". Retrieved 2007-01-20. 
  3. ^ "US Census Bureau, Personal Income for Asian American males". Retrieved 2007-01-20. 
  4. ^ Diamond, E. (1996) Performance and Cultural Politics. Routledge. p. 279.
  5. ^ Deggans, Eric (May 1, 2013). "On 'Hicksploitation' And Other White Stereotypes Seen On TV". NPR. Retrieved June 25, 2013. 
  6. ^ Lapidos, Juliet. "How Did West Virginia get a reputation for inbreeding". slate.com. Slate. 
  7. ^ Hechinger, Kevin (2009). Hechinger's Field Guide to Ethnic Stereotypes. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster Paperbacks. p. 57. ISBN 978-1-4165-7782-9. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  8. ^ Miller, Hilary (March 24, 2014). "Nick Cannon Wears Whiteface, Sparks Internet Debate". Huffington Post. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  9. ^ Fernandez, R. America Beyond black and white: How Immigrants and Fusions are Helping Us Overcome the Racial Divide. University of Michigan Press. p. 174.
  10. ^ Han, A. and Hsu, J.Y. (2004) Asian American X: An Intersection of 21st Century Asian American Voices. University of Michigan Press. p. 208.
  11. ^ Leo W. Jeffres, K. Kyoon Hur (1979) " white Ethnics and their Media Images", Journal of Communication 29 (1), 116–122.
  12. ^ Richard Rodriguez. "A CULTURAL IDENTITY". 
  13. ^ "Separated by a common language: The case of the white Hispanic". 
  14. ^ Hispanics:A Culture, Not a Race
  15. ^ black-mama-tambien.html Y Tu black Mama Tambien
  16. ^ The Blond, Blue-Eyed Face of Spanish TV
  17. ^ Blonde, Blue-Eyed Euro-Cute Latinos on Spanish TV
  18. ^ What are Telenovelas? – Hispanic Culture
  19. ^ Racial Bias Charged On Spanish-Language TV
  20. ^ blackelectorate.com/articles.asp?ID=281 black Electorate
  21. ^ Skin tone consciousness in Asian and Latin American populations
  22. ^ Regenberg, Nina (2007), "Are Blonds Really Dumb?", in mind (magazine) (3)