This I Believe

Kaitlyn - Elk Grove, California
Entered on July 26, 2007
Age Group: Under 18

You could judge me by the clothes I wear, the music I listen to, the people I hang out with, even my religion. You can decide that you don’t want to be friends with me or that you don’t like me, without even talking to me. It’s your choice, but is it fair?

There are so many stereotypes these days, Jock, Skater, Prep, Emo, Gothic, but what for? We look at people, judge them, and stuff them into a group, suggesting that they are all the same, even without the slightest idea of who they really are.

Stereotyping causes people to treat others differently. It can make people feel bad, or worse than they already do. I have heard countless times how people don’t like the Preps, Emos, and Goths. People are teased and taunted and made feel inferior because of stereotypes.

There are 750,000 suicide attempts each year in the U.S. and 400,000 emergency room visits for self-inflicted injury. How many do you think we can link back to the teasing and taunting rooted at Stereotyping?

People say that looks don’t matter, but they would be horribly mistaken if referring to society today. Looks are everything to people these days, with both the young and old.

Looks determine a lot of things, for example, would you hire a lawyer that was covered in tattoos and piercings? They could be a great lawyer, have gone to school just as long as any other lawyers, and perfectly capable of winning your case, but do you honestly think that you would be willing to see past their appearance and trust them completely with your case? Probably not.

So go ahead, judge me, stuff me into a group because you think you know me, but please take into consideration everything I’ve just talked about before making your decision.