Who Is That Masked Homo Sapiens Species?

Lone Ranger


I was recently stunned by the level of anxiety modern American students experience when it comes to the concept of stereotypes. How do twenty-first century twenty-somethings exist today without a guide book? I always considered a stereotype as an oversimplified, exaggerated, standardized image of a person or group of people. I did not realize that its meaning has morphed into an idea worthy of prison time, or even hell.

Thinking back to the days of Clayton Moore as the Lone Ranger (the living creature pictured above on the right, next to his companion of equal value that he enslaved before PETA was formed), American society was really screwed up. For example, in his attempts to fight for justice, he frequently walked into banks and sheriff’s offices only to be met at gun point. He was constantly forced to explain himself, which undoubtedly triggered COPD in his later years. Everyone in the Stone Age (c. 1955) should have known the Lone Ranger was simply a non-violent eccentric individual who should have been seen as nothing more than a colorless, genderless, atheist who chose to wear a mask in his free society.

No American should suffer such indignity. For example, if you are in a bank and a human being, male, female, or other, with a mask and a gun, walks up to an under-paid teller, don’t give it a second thought. There is no danger. Don’t be a paranoid, arrogant fool. If a little touch of insecurity sets in despite your therapy lessons, just peek outside the bank. If you spot a faithful companion with the complexion of a Washington football team logo, you should be okay. Lumping together all masked men with weapons into a stereotype is ignorant.

Let’s take it a step further, just to make sure we are all on the same page, even though in life there is only one page for individuals. Suppose on a rare occasion, someone is lying on the bank floor recovering from a gunshot wound, and you learn he was struck by a non-silver bullet. Do not immediately assume the victim is a werewolf if he survives. Such assumptions are stereotypes, which makes you ignorant. For example, if your boyfriend howls at the moon, cannot see his reflection in a mirror, forgets to shave, and cuts his fingernails infrequently, you should immediately plan for a surprise trip to London. So what if you lose your car keys in his back hair. You must learn to see the good in everyone.

In 2014, we are all the same. There are no differences among us at all. We look the same, have the same skills, and want the same lifestyles. We are all identical, which is what makes us individuals. Stereotyping is simply wrong. There are no women, men, white people, or black people. All Lawyers are honest folks who want only to help you in your time of need. Doctors still make house calls, even if they make a little less annual income. Never group people into a category. We are all citizens of the world. There are no divisions among us. There are no geographical boundaries. For example, Hawaii is Kenya.

So remember never to stereotype. We are the world. You should also practice what you preach. The next time you go out socially, don’t bug your spouse or significant other to accompany you. Take along a mirror. By the way, did you know the Spanish word for fool is “Tonto”?

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  1. Funny thing is, as much as we are a couple, when it comes right down to it, most of things I do, places I go, etc and etc aren't with my spouse at all. I'd never dream of making him follow along with me, I would never dream of giving up the joys I take in life (Girl Scout outings and all) (except once in a while like last Sunday) but mostly our things we do when we're not sharing our life at home together, are often in each of our own likes! Okay, I like being different when it comes to living. Keeps us happy, really and truly!

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    1. Karen: Understood. My wife played many a Mahjong game with the girls. I spent much of my life fishing and Friday night poker playing with the guys, and took dozens of wilderness trips without my wife. However, it was never because she was unable to accompany me due to her gender. Stereotyping genders just bothers me.

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  2. When looking for a lawyer with nothing to go on but the name, I would pick someone named Shapiro before I would pick someone named Bubba. In picking a basketball team sight unseen I would pick the kid named LaShon before the kid named Ralph. If I was looking for a date on the internet I might choose Debbie before Mable. I probably should be sent to sensitivity training.

    Nice post!

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    1. Joeh: I don't want to stereotype, but you will get more of what you're looking for from the lawyer than from Debbie. You better sign me up for the training as well.

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  3. Stereotying started as taking our collective experiences and forming an overall opinion. Funny how it became such a negative thing.

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    1. Alex: The new interpretations are just silly. They shatter the entire concept of folklore, ritual, and tradition. We are all part of various groups, even if segments of society will not accept it. Stereotype does not mean bigotry, prejudice, or discrimination. Just an oversimplification of group traits that do not necessarily apply to every group member.

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  4. I appreciate your post... There will always be those stereotypes/profiling of people.. and in a perfect world they may have been used to describe individuals (without negative reasons)... but it seems to be that its used by those who are ignorant, fearful and closed minded... My father would say the most awful things and also make jokes that made me cringe... In the end, I realized how fearful,ignorant he was... and that's the sad fact which is worse than the remarks he made... BTW did u see in the news that the Marlboro man passed away? He was a good friend of my FIL...Now, that Marlboro man was something to sigh about!. :-)

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    1. Chrissy: Sorry to hear about the personal experience. A big problem is that modern political correctness has made it impossible to distinguish between harmful stereotyping and simply being a member of a human social group. You have to take individuals for what they are and what they do without drawing ignorant conclusions.

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