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[edit]

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]

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.[4][5] Before the 1980s, 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 Latin X Americans are often overlooked in the U.S. mass media and in general American social perceptions, where being "Hispanic or Latin X" 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[edit]


  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