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"Americans want to be unique" was a statement a foreign born man said to me today. It prompted a line of thought for me that culminated in the question; What differentiates a cultural norm from a stereotype? Both may be true. Both may be perceived as negative or positive. But the PC police would have us believe that stereotyping should not be spoken about...or indeed even thought about.

And yet cultural norms exist for each and every group of people on earth. Are we not to speak of these for fear of stereotyping an individual? How can we respect cultural diversity without first recognizing cultural norms? And once we have identified a cultural norm...have we then stereotyped an individual that dwells within that culture?

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Soooo... who isn't?
Americans want to be unique alright, look at the things in the mall.




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